LEVEL 5: IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST
Leading the deployment of improvement strategies. This apprenticeship is for new apprentices and/or existing staff in full time employment that may want a change in career or upskill in their existing role.
Improvement Specialists are responsible for leading the deployment of improvement strategy. They train others and provide broad and deep technical expertise in advanced and complex Lean and Six Sigma, project and change management principles and tools to enable identification and delivery of improvement opportunities aligned to key business goals.
The role is typically office-based but involves working wherever improvement activities are focused, for example they could be delivering training in a classroom environment, they could be working on the shop-floor or at a supplier premises. Roles are commonly found in all industry sectors and functions including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunication, Retail, Finance, Food, Drink, Travel and Leisure. Job titles include: Business Improvement Expert, Continuous Improvement Consultant, Process Excellence Manager, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Business Improvement Consultant, Business Transformation Consultant.
Our online e-portfolio system will guide the apprentices through a simple to follow curriculum aligned to all the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours, with a variety of virtual learning environments and insights to the best examples to help excel their learning.
This course consists of multiple sessions, videos, each of which is a collection of related lessons.
Full time employees taking on this apprenticeship will typically spend 12 to 15 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% of this time being off-the-job training.
Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their EPA. The EPA will only start once the employer is satisfied that gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard.
The EPA will be conducted by an EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer. The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:
In preparation for the exam, the apprentice will use Minitab and draw conclusions and answer 10 multiple-choice questions in relation to each case-study.