Why spend your training budget on Lean Six Sigma?

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Training budgets are always tight. We are all only allocated so much time each year for training, and training managers have tough decisions to make about which courses will have the right impact on the business.

So why would you choose Lean Six Sigma training from 100% Effective over any other training programme?

I may be biased, but I believe that a good Lean Six Sigma course can give you all the skills you need to be a well-rounded professional in any industry. What makes me believe that? What evidence do I have to back this up?

Well I think Lean Six Sigma training is so comprehensive because of what it covers, and what most people are looking for in a professional training course. Unless you need something very specific for your industry, typically you’ll be seeking training that will deliver:

  • A clear benefit to the business
  • A qualification that will enhance the delegate’s CV or resume
  • New skills that can be used in your current place of work, and are transferable to other companies and industries
  • Personal development and growth for delegates
  • The ability for delegates to illustrate their worth or grow within the business

Many training courses will tick most of these boxes, but I think it’s rare for one to tick them all – and good quality Lean Six Sigma training does.

If you are an HR or training manager you’ll want to provide training that will have the biggest impact on both the business and the individual attending the course. You need training which is effective, provides value for money and allows you to show a return on investment for the company.

Training budget ROI

As an HR or training manager one of the pressures is how effectively you can review whether or not the training generated an improvement in performance, efficiency or culture in the company. While calculating return on investment for most training courses is a little challenging (and is often a case of determining time savings) Lean Six Sigma is one of the few training courses where you can prove your return in clear financial terms.

Training return on investmentThis comes down to the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma training; everyone who takes a good quality course will be asked to complete at least one project. In order to certify, the delegates need to illustrate the benefits the project have had on the company, with sign off required by finance and senior managers. This is because the point of Lean Six Sigma training is to improve productivity and efficiency within an organisation, so delegates have to show that they understand what they’ve learned by successfully applying it.

This project charter means every person taking a Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt will have a document proving the exact return on investment of their course. Summarising the savings of all the delegates will provide a powerful report on success. Very few other training programmes make this possible or so easy.

The benefit of Lean Six Sigma training is that it provides delegates with an improved understanding of how the business as a whole works, and their function within that. It gives them increased access to management, the ability to solve real business problems and, with that, empowerment and engagement. The training and implementation gives them an understanding of change management, increased motivation to improve and excitement to change the corporate culture for the better.

Broad skills

Lean Six Sigma covers a wide range of skills in the training programme, from project management to statistics. It provides delegates with a whole host of additional skills which people sometimes go on individual training courses to learn: Soft skills like facilitation training, presentation skills, listening and questioning skills, as well as change management. These skills are always covered in effective Lean Six Sigma training, because without them, it is impossible to identify a root cause and implement a solution.

Lean Six Sigma can provide a massive skill set in one course, in fact, you could argue that Lean Six Sigma training at Black Belt level is actually more like five or six training courses rolled into one!

The issue with many training programmes is that the learning stops once the course wraps up. That’s not the case with Lean Six Sigma as application is the most important element of the learning. Delegates may not use all the tools they learnt in their first or second project, so it is often important to have access to the training materials long after the course in order to accurately apply the learning. 100% Effective doesn’t think delegates should have to rely on their memory and provides online access to training for up to 12 months after the classroom lessons.

We view Lean Six Sigma training as an on-going investment in an individual. Each delegate gets lifelong support as part of the package. That means that if they have an issue or a question at any time regarding business improvement then they can contact 100% Effective for support. During the course, they receive coaching to aid the embedding of the learning as well as support to complete their projects.

In fact very few other training courses can claim that they will provide measurable return on investment (as well as skill enhancement) while enabling cultural change and individual growth. Any HR or training manager would benefit from understanding the opportunities that Lean Six Sigma will bring any company.

As I see it (and I admit I am biased) Lean Six Sigma is the best way to spend a training budget as it is the only training that can guarantee a measurable return on investment, as well as giving delegates transferable, marketable and desirable personal and business skills.

I would challenge any other training course to be able to achieve these elements.

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By | 2017-02-22T16:39:44+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Business Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, Training|0 Comments

About the Author:

As Managing Director of 100% Effective, John is an authority on how effective Lean Six Sigma is. He draws on his 20 years experience as a consultant and Master Black Belt to give you practical insights into how Lean Six Sigma can help you and your business.

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