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Apprentice Training Delivery

We are authorised to deliver Business Improvement Apprentice Training for:

  • Levels 3 (ST0193) Improvement Technician – broadly equivalent to Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Level 4 (ST0192) Improvement Practitioner – broadly equivalent to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Level 5 (ST0555) Improvement Specialist – broadly equivalent to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Level 6 (ST0556) Improvement Leader – broadly equivalent to Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Our primary focus is currently on Level 4 because the End Point Assessment organisation must be different to the training Provider, and currently we are the only organisation qualified to deliver End Point Assessments at Level 5 and 6.

Please note that Advanced Analytics Solutions is the trading name of MDA Consulting and you will find us listed in the Register of Approved Training providers under that name.

Why we are different

Apprenticeship Training Providers typically use Black Belts to deliver their Level 4 training. Our team of instructors are all experienced Master Black Belts (with an average of more than 10 years’ consulting experience at this level) with certification from reputable blue-chip companies and consultancies such as Ford and Accenture. That means we are uniquely well-equipped to train and coach to a very high standard, as well as supporting your business as you deal with challenges such as project selection, leadership engagement and the effectiveness of project Sponsors. This means you will get excellent business results in the form of valuable projects completed by confident, motivated apprentices. Our preference is to work with companies who are looking to deliver these business and people benefits, rather than those who are satisfied just to have their apprentices get through the program.

Improvement Practitioner Training Program

This program closely follows the requirements for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, including:

  • 10-12 participants in a training wave
  • 10-12 days of training
  • 12-14 days of coaching (including 3 days on Gateway Reviews) depending on the number of apprentices
  • Completing at least one improvement project per apprentice (you should expect savings averaging around £50,000 per project, though there will be a great deal of variation)
  • We provide templates, how-to guides and guidance on the administrative aspects of the program, all to help the apprentices spend more time on their delivering value-added projects and less time on administration.
  • The Apprenticeship standard requires only one project to be completed but we would encourage participants to complete a second project and will continue providing any coaching they need for this, as far as the budget permits.

What Should an Apprentice Improvement Practitioners Expect?

The Apprenticeship requirement of 20% off-the-job work closely matches the normal approach to Green Belt training, you should regard this as a minimum rather than a budget.

This is an average – there will be weeks (such as those involving training) where the time dedication needs to be more than 20% and other weeks where it will be less.

The program requires enrolment for at least 12 months, followed by a formal End Point Assessment (EPA) about 2 months later – this comprises an exam, a project review and a professional interview.

We will help your Apprentices prepare for the EPA exam with tests, quizzes and practice papers

We also help with the project review and professional interview by providing case studies to work on and conducting practice interviews for a few brace volunteers!

As End Point Assessors ourselves, we know what is expected, but we do not conduct EPAs for at companies for whom we are also Training Providers.

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) in order to complete their certification. 

For those who did not quite reach this level at school, or do not have proof of their qualifications, we can offer the required Functional Skills training and exam during the Apprenticeship, at no additional cost to your company.

Please note that the Improvement Practitioner course contains some quite technical elements, so capability equivalent to Level 2 maths should be seen as a minimum to be effective on this program.

Our Functional Skills and Apprenticeship training programs are grounded in real-world scenarios, not abstract theories.  Many people find that this make it easier than the maths they were taught at school.

What Should Your Company Expect?

  • Assuming a cohort of 10 Improvement Practitioners it would be reasonable to aim for total annual savings from their projects of around £500,000. This estimate is completely realistic, based on our years of Operational Excellence consulting experience, though actual savings will of course be variable.
  • To help ensure successful project delivery, we provide: Regular coaching sessions for the whole cohort, Formal Gateway Reviews at the key project milestone points (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) plus an additional EPA Readiness Gateway, Individual coaching support as required, Support for your internal coaches, if you have them
  • The program cost is funded entirely from the Apprenticeship Levy – and if you do not make use of this money, it will expire after 24 months. This means that the bulk of the work is, effectively, free
  • We offer additional services that you may wish to consider, including Strategy Consulting, Leadership Training, Project Selection consulting, Stakeholder Management or other guidance that you may need – we have been doing this work for many years for a wide range of clients and so you can expect to get significant benefit from these interventions at reasonable cost.

Curriculum and Program Details

Our training program covers the full range of knowledge, skills and behaviours that has been established as a requirement for Improvement Practitioners by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

You can download our program details here without any need to register.