The Improvement Technician Apprenticeship Standard develops the skills required for delivering improvement activities in a specific functional area. Staff learn to apply Lean, Six Sigma and other methodologies, engaging with others to identify and resolve problems, and improve productivity and performance. It is a Level 3 standard typically linked to job roles like Business Improvement Coordinator, Quality Control Analyst and similar.

What skills do staff develop?

Staff develop professional competence in many areas by completing the Improvement Technician Standard. These include as compliance; team formation & leadership; change management; Six Sigma & Lean principles; problem definition; process mapping; data acquisition; basic statistics; root cause analysis; experimentation; benchmarking; sustainability and control. Also, staff can improve their maths and English skills if they have not already achieved level 2 standards.

Duration

Typically, 14 to 18 months

Structure of Apprenticeship

Phase 1 Initial assessment

The initial assessment is a pre-course review to plan the candidate’s training programme. Specifically, it provides the scope to develop a tailored programme which allows the candidate to acquire and practice the particular skills they need for the job role.

Phase 2 Training

Here, the apprentice undertakes a programme of on and off-the-job training which develops the skills of a competent improvement technician. Training fits round around working routines. TRS trainers are on hand to offer ongoing support.

Phase 3 Gateway

The Gateway is a review stage towards the end of the apprenticeship when apprentice, employer and TRS trainer get together to see if any additional training or skills practice is needed.

Phase 4 End Point Assessment

The apprentice is assessed by an independent organisation to see if they have reached the required standards.

Progression options after an apprenticeship

After completion, the staff member can effectively carry out organisational improvement and quality roles. As an option, they can continue to improve their skills with an Apprenticeship in Team Leading/Management. This could eventually lead to management positions specialising in areas such as risk assessment, continual improvement and quality control

Funding

For small and medium businesses that do not pay the apprenticeship levy, the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship.  The employer pays the other 5% plus the apprentice’s wages.  Larger firms that pay the levy can meet 100% of the costs using their levy funds.

Why choose apprenticeships?

  • Address skills shortages
  • Increase staff loyalty, motivation and productivity
  • Tap into available funding
  • A way of ensuring quality standards in your business

Why choose TRS?

  • Approved by Government to deliver apprenticeships
  • Expert advice for businesses on apprenticeship funding
  • Niche manufacturing and logistics industry expertise
  • Many years’ experience of successfully delivering apprenticeships
  • Our trainers can be located onsite at employer premises
  • Free recruitment service

Further information

If you have staff you want to enrol onto the Improvement Technician Apprenticeship, or you want to recruit apprentices, please contact MD Kevin Birch on 01744 809 010 or email kevinB@trstraining.net

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