This apprenticeship standard develops the skills to identify and lead the delivery of change across organisational functions and processes using Lean and Six Sigma, project and change management principles and tools. Individuals learn how to lead smaller projects and/or play a key supporting role in larger programmes. They gain the skills to tackle issues that require swift problem-solving, or re-occurring challenges that require in-depth analysis and the implementation of effective and sustainable countermeasures. Once qualified, an improvement practitioner can identify opportunities, diagnose issues, propose solutions and implement changes and controls, leading small teams to support these processes.

What skills do staff develop?

Improvement practitioner apprentices gain the skills and competence to perform a variety of tasks in line with best practices, company procedures and regulatory requirements. These include:

  • Compliance
  • Team formation & leadership
  • Presentation & reporting
  • Change management
  • Lean & Six Sigma improvement methods
  • Project selection, scope, definition & management
  • Data analysis, mapping & statistics
  • Problem definition
  • Process mapping
  • Communication
  • Coaching
  • Benchmarking
  • Sustainability & control

Apprentices can also improve their maths and English skills during the programme if they have not previously achieved level 2 standards. TRS have specialist tutors who teach numeracy and literacy skills in industry-relevant ways.


14-18 months 

Progression options after improvement practitioner apprenticeship

On completion, apprentices can also consider progression onto the operations or departmental manager L5 apprenticeship standard.

Further information

If you have staff you want to enrol on to the improvement practitioner apprenticeship standard, or you want to recruit apprentices, please complete the blue contact form on this page, or contact Andy Tolley 07719 031203