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This Apprenticeship is for learners who want to develop their knowledge in management philosophy, focusing on Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
Lean Manufacturing is aimed at generating the maximum amount of value for the customer with the least amount of waste.
Typically, Improvement Technicians work as a member of an operational team to resolve problems - preventing re-occurrence, engaging others in issues affecting them and to support the improvement of performance. Typical activities include:
• Engaging team members in the identification of improvement opportunities and relevant countermeasures and controls
• Initiating and facilitating improvement activities through to confirmed resolution
• Providing local expertise in business improvement methods and basic tools to team
At the start of your Apprenticeship you will be assigned your own Work Place Co-Ordinator who will be there for you throughout your Apprenticeship to answer any questions you may have. They will also visit you onsite along with your College tutor to make sure your Apprenticeship journey is a comfortable one.
As an apprentice you will be expected to complete one three-hour session per month in a classroom environment and this will be supported with 1-1 tutorials within your workplace. For classroom-based sessions, you will be based in The Employer Hub on the College campus.
During your time as an apprentice you will study a variety of modules, these may include:
Compliance: Legislative and customer compliance requirements including environment and health and safety
Team Formation & Leadership: Improvement team roles and responsibilities in a change environment
Self-Development: Different sources for knowledge development
Project Management: Project charter, Gantt chart, reporting documentation, Red Amber Green (RAG) status, communication (verbal and non-verbal channels) and implementation plans
Change Management: Roles of the manager and leader within change. Influencing, reinforcement and coaching principles
Principles & Methods: Six Sigma principles per ISO13053 (International Organisation for Standardisation), interim containment actions, Lean principles
Project Selection & Scope: Selection matrix, scoping tree
Problem Definition: Exploratory data analysis, data collection planning, problem and goal statements
Process Mapping & Analysis: Supplier Input Process Output Customer (SIPOC), process mapping, value and waste analysis, performance metrics - discrete data
Data Acquisition for Analysis: Data stratification, sampling theory, data types, variation types and sources, data collection tools, operational definition and principles of measurement error
Basic Statistics & Measures: Control charts - discrete data
Process Capability & Performance: Capability analysis - continuous data
Root Cause Analysis: Histograms
Experimentation: Active analysis versus one factor at a time, Plan Do Check Act
Identification & Prioritisation: Brainstorming, selection criteria
Sustainability & Control: Process
Nearing the end of your Apprenticeship you will undergo End Point Assessment (EPA) which will determine your final course grade. You will undergo three assessment methods to during the EPA period, which together will lead to you receiving a fail, pass, merit or distinction in your Apprenticeship. Your three methods of assessment will be:
Multiple Choice Examination (10% weighting)
Project Report Presentation & Questioning (60% weighting)
Professional Discussion, Underpinned by Log Knowledge (30% weighting)
For more detail on the Apprenticeship standard for this qualification visit the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
On successful completion of your Level 3 Apprenticeship, you may progress onto a related role such as:
Business Improvement Co-ordinator
Continuous Improvement Executive
Operational Excellence/Lean Engineer
Environmental Compliance Technician
Environmental Health & Safety Inspector
Alternatively, you may choose to complete further study, moving on to a higher qualification such as Level 4 Quality Practitioner and Level 5 Improvement Specialist.
Individual employers will set their own entry requirements.
Either before or during the Apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and maths prior to taking the EPA.
If you would like to enquire for this Apprenticeship, please click 'Enquire' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Apprenticeship Team will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can explore our current vacancies on the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' page and apply now.
If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521483.
Course code: A36285-A1A