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With our extensive experience in Lean Six Sigma training and coaching dating back to 1999, 100% Effective excels as Business Improvement Specialists perfectly positioned to offer the Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship Level 4 program. This comprehensive program, enriched by our Master Black Belts (MBBs) with substantial hands-on expertise, empowers learners through tailored training and coaching. Our MBBs’ mentorship ensures project completion, enabling apprentices to acquire essential skills and behaviors while swiftly delivering a tangible return on investment for employers.
At 100% Effective, our Level 4 Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship training equips learners with the comprehensive skill set required for international Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, coupled with change management expertise, fostering apprentices who are adept at both problem-solving and implementation. Our pragmatic approach ensures that every facet of our program caters to the needs of both learners and employers, guaranteeing mutual satisfaction. With a commitment to alignment, our in-house programs are adaptable to your unique culture, history, and objectives, further enhancing the relevance and impact of our training.
Improvement Practitioners Green Belt Apprenticeship - What Pre-Requisite qualifications are needed?
To complete their certification, Improvement Practitioners will need to have achieved a Functional Skills Level 2 in both English and Maths. This is equivalent to a GCSE Grade 4 (or C grade in the previous system). If you have not obtained these levels, then we can support you to achieve them.
Why should you choose 100% Effective for Lean Six Sigma level 4 apprenticship?
What is the apprenticeship standard?
Improvement Practitioners use a combination of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, project management, and change management principles and tools to identify and lead change across various organizational functions and processes. These practitioners can be found in all sectors and functions, including automotive, banking, engineering, food products, IT, property, retail, telecoms, local and county councils, NHS, voluntary/charity, utilities, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and hospitality.
Typically, Improvement Practitioners lead smaller projects and/or provide essential support in larger programs, addressing challenges that may require swift problem-solving or recurring issues that demand in-depth analysis and the implementation of effective and sustainable countermeasures. They serve as the main point of contact for all stakeholders and are responsible for project communication throughout the process.
Typical activities of Improvement Practitioners include:
There are various job titles associated with this occupation, including but not limited to:
Other job titles in this field may include:
How is this program delivered?
At 100% Effective, we offer two ways to become an Improvement Practitioner through our apprenticeship program.
With over 25 years of experience in blended learning, we have the expertise and resources to provide face-to-face, virtual, and eLearning delivery. Our virtual approach allows us to train and coach apprentices from anywhere in the country, reducing travel costs and minimizing lost productive time.
For your Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship, you will
How will apprentices be assessed?
The End Point Assessment (EPA) consists of three distinct assessment methods:
After you have met the Gateway requirements, we will hold a meeting with your sponsor and coach to determine if you are ready for EPA. If so, you will then be coached using mock exams and group work to become ready for the EPA.
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organization chosen by your employer. After your multiple-choice exam, you will present your project portfolio of A3s and then participate in a professional discussion on your work during your apprenticeship. You will then promptly be given an overall grade of Fail, Pass, or Distinction by the End Point Assessment organization. 100% Effective will support your apprentices through the entire process.
Below is a visual representation of the process:
What advantages can your company gain by training apprentices through our program?
Savings of at least £50,000 per project – Based on our 24 years of experience in delivering Lean Six Sigma. We achieve this by providing multiple support elements for each apprentice, including regular coaching from Master Black Belts with years of experience, formal gate reviews with sponsors and coaches at the end of each DMAIC phase, and readiness discussions prior to the gateway to ensure success.
Each apprentice will also provide other Returns on Investment by completing minor projects to build an impressive portfolio prior to the gateway, as well as writing at least one article that can be used for internal communication and promotion.
Our learning experience is designed around your company and your objectives. Our flexible blended approach means we can support you in any way to meet your industry or business needs. Each apprentice will enjoy a tailored learning experience to maximize their learning and development.
We provide monthly reports on the progress of your apprentices and their major and minor projects, ensuring timely communication for any required internal reporting. We have reliable and professional trainers, coaches, and admin support, all led by a dedicated account manager.
Your apprentices will become more confident and effective. They will be able to identify issues, solve problems, and implement solutions
What can you expect during your Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship?
The goal of this apprenticeship is to equip individuals with the necessary skills to identify problems within a company, devise effective solutions, and implement them successfully. The apprenticeship lasts for 14 months and requires dedication to develop both technical improvement skills and softer implementation change manager skills.
To successfully complete this improvement practitioner level 4 apprenticeship, you will need to undertake a major project that saves an average of £50,000, as well as several minor projects that contribute to improvements in staff and customer satisfaction, quality improvement, time reduction, cost reduction, and delivery improvement. To achieve this, you will attend training courses, coaching sessions, and individual and group project work and research, among other activities. You will work with sponsors, 100% Effective coaches, and other company personnel.
To ensure that you gain hands-on experience, you will spend at least 20% of your time, approximately 6 hours per week, working on business improvement projects, developing confidence, skills, and problem-solving abilities.
Coaching sessions and gate reviews with sponsors will be provided to ensure that major and minor projects are completed successfully. This will not only demonstrate your learning but also the application of your learning, which will be valuable to your current and future employers.
Throughout the lean six sigma level 4 apprenticeship, you will be exposed to real-world examples of tools, techniques, and approaches through case studies that will stretch your knowledge and challenge you to improve.
We will provide support to ensure that you pass your apprenticeship through discussions with your coaches, mock exams, portfolio discussion practice, and presentation advice prior to the end-point assessment.
Upon completion of the green belt apprenticeship, you will obtain an internationally recognized Lean Six Sigma certification, along with several other certificates of achievement such as change management and health and safety, to name just two. We only ask for your commitment for 14 months to enhance your learning and development.
Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship Level 4 Green Belt Course Content
The Improvement Practitioner lean six sigma Level 4 Apprenticeship will cover a broad range of topics and models across the entire DMAIC process – Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control. Our expert trainers and coaches will provide you with the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to effectively identify problems, solve them and then implement them. You will cover all the key aspects of Lean Six Sigma as well as change management and many other key skills required for any Improvement Practitioner. By the end of the apprenticeship, you will have gained the knowledge, skills, and behaviours outlined in the Improvement Practitioner Level 4 (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt) standard. These include the ability to effectively identify and solve problems, implement solutions, and utilize key aspects of Lean Six Sigma and change management.
Improvement practitioners possess knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Improvement Practitioner lean six sigma level 4 apprentices have the following skills:
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