Improvement Leaders are responsible for developing improvement strategy, providing leadership in improvement for the business and for coaching and supporting Improvement Specialists in advanced analysis. The Improvement Leader typically reports to Board members or Heads of Department and manages (directly and/or matrix) a team of Improvement Specialists, who deploy the strategy, and lead improvement projects.  They work closely with all functions of the business to support the setting and achievement of business goals, often accountable for Improvement activities within the largest-scale and highest priority programmes of work. The role is typically office-based but involves working wherever their improvement activities are focussed for example they could be working on the shop floor or at customer/supplier premises. 

18 -24 months

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements typically, Improvement level 5 qualification or equivalent students should have both Maths and English GSCE’s if not, apprentices without Maths and English GCSE grade C or above or the equivalent will need to achieve this level prior to completion of apprenticeship. 

On-programme Assessment 

  • Training to develop the improvement leader occupational standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • Working towards English/maths Level 2 (if required) 
  • Compilation of portfolio of evidence 

Endpoint Assessment  

Professional discussion (2hr- 2hr 20 min), underpinned by portfolio of evidence (evidence must include a range of documents such as Minitab screen shots of regression analysis, coaching reports and a 1-page summary from the Lean strategy) 

Dissertation, presentation and questioning. The dissertation must focus on the development and deployment of improvement strategy in their business and of sufficient scope to demonstrate knowledge and skill. 

Upon successful completion apprentices can progress towards post-graduate qualification or level 7 apprenticeship programmes. 

 All students that complete their apprenticeship will have the opportunity to either go further with their education and complete a post-graduate degree. They may even find a working role in Business and administration. 

Currently due to COVID 19 we are teaching online learningAll of our classes are conducted through online Microsoft Teams or Zoom. All of our assessments are also submitted through online systems and feedback is provided to the learners. If any learners will need extra support, we will provide 1-to-1 tutorials to mee their learning needs. However, we will move towards campus-based studies upon the government guidelines and needs of our employers and apprentices.