Improvement Leader Level 6

Apprenticeship - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Improvement Leader Level 6

Apprenticeship - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Improvement Leader Level 6 Summary

The Improvement Leader Level 6 (Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt) Apprenticeship programme is ideal for those who are responsible for developing improvement strategy, providing leadership in improvement for the business and for coaching and supporting Improvement Specialists (Lean Six Sigma Black Belts) in advanced analysis. The Improvement Leader typically 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.

Introduction to Improvement Standards

Improvement Apprenticeship Standards have been built by industry for industry, using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies as a powerful combination to combat process waste and increase efficiency, with customer value at the forefront as organisations strive for Operational Excellence.

CQM deliver levels 2 to level 6 to a extremely high standard, so learners can look forward to a very interactive and engaging programme. On successful completion of the programme not only will learners achieve their Apprenticeship qualification but will also have the option of globally recognised Lean Six Sigma certification for the relevant belt through Instructus Skills.

What Are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are designed to develop knowledge, improve skills and instil the right behaviours for anyone, at any level, in any business or industry looking to boost development and progression opportunities.

Improvement Leader Course Content

The Improvement Leader Level 6 (Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt) Apprenticeship will support the development of strong leadership amongst Senior Management, having a positive impact on culture, and providing the right skills to lead from the top. Our expert development coaches will provide Senior Leaders with the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to effectively implement various Lean Six Sigma principles with Masterclasses covering;

Policy Deployment

  • Business Strategy & Analysis
  • Policy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri)
  • Voice of the Customer

Programme Planning

  • Project Accounting & Costing
  • Team Formation & Leadership
  • Capability Development

Statistics & Minitab

  • Coaching Black Belts with Minitab (8 Case Studies)
  • Advanced Minitab
  • Dealing with Uncertainty


  • Best Lean Six Sigma Practices
  • Big Data & Robotic Process Control
  • Measurement Systems Auditing

Facilitation Techniques

  • Training, Coaching & Assessment Best Practice
  • Development and Delivery of Teaching Modules

Other Content

  • Templates, tools and other pro-formas to use and keep
  • You will need to have or attain a Minitab license or equivalent for statistical analysis. CQM can support you with this here.

    Improvement Leader Benefits

    Value Added Delivery

    Certification: CQM T&C can underpin the delivery of the Improvement Standard Apprenticeship programmes with a relevant Lean Six Sigma accredited certificate via Instructus Skills.

    Measurable Impact: Each project will be defined, qualified and approved within a Profit Improvement Plan (PIP), agreed with you in advance. The PIP is a great management tool and clearly demonstrates the progress of each project using DMAIC and a RAG rating.

    Mentors: We can help identify, and advise on a suitable Mentor within your organisation. We are able to provide coaching to the nominated Mentor so that they fully understand their role and what will be required of them, but also understand the guidelines within which they operate and to whom they report.

    Guaranteed Return on Investment: With a focus on sustainability and measured improvement, our development programmes always guarantee a significant Return on Investment, seen not only through financial gain, but importantly through positive behavioural change.

    Other support: We will help the learner and organisation identify a mentor and supply training if needed. The learner and mentor will be invited to engagement session prior to any start dates, to get a flavour for the course and to set expectations. We will hold regular governance meetings with the organisation to keep everything on track and, as part of the programme, support with key functional skills in English and Maths, for which the learner will attain level 2 qualification.

      Why Choose CQM

      We have been delivering world class, business focussed solutions for approaching 30 years.

      With our award-winning, high quality training, development, and apprenticeship programmes, we challenge the ambitions of our clients and learners to develop themselves beyond all expectations.

      We’re Specialists At What We Do

      Our core expertise is in Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, and Management Development, supporting businesses across all sectors in their journey towards Operational Excellence.

      The incredible development coaches delivering the training are not just highly qualified to teach and coach, they have been responsible for leading cross-functional process improvements themselves. They will use their vast industry experience of delivering on what they say and real life examples to explain in simple terms the various elements of the programme.

      Unrivalled Learner Experience

      Delivery is live, interactive and flexible to suit your needs. With new live online instructor led programmes, it means our programmes are accessible for all.

      Learner experience and outcomes are so important to us, and we’re proud to consistently deliver successful programmes. Each of our programmes will provide learners with a certificate of completion that they can use to boost their professional profile. We have also worked with external accrediting bodies so that on successful completion of our programmes, such as the Lean Six Sigma belts, learners will also receive specific and widely recognised certification.

      Improvement Leader Delivery

      We provide two types of training delivery methods; a Open Cohort approach & Tailored Apprenticeship approach.

      Open Cohort

      Our Open Cohort approach has been developed as an ideal solution for companies looking to release small numbers of employees (up to 4 per company) for Apprenticeships which includes workshops, coaching and off the job training.

      Open Cohorts encourage idea sharing, peer learning and networking across organisations and are predominantly delivered virtually in 3 day blocks, supported by vital face to face contact from our development coaches as and when required by the learner.

      All workshop and coaching dates are provided well in advance, prior to the start of the programme, allowing plenty of time to plan ahead.

      Tailored Apprenticeship

      Our Tailored Apprenticeship approach is perfect for organisations with larger number of employees being released at once for a particular Apprenticeship standard, and as such we offer bespoke on-site and/or virtual delivery.

      Tailored Apprenticeships allow for organisations to tailor the programme, to increase relevance, incorporate their values and ensure it is in line with organisational goals and learner requirements.

      All workshop and coaching dates are agreed well in advance, to ensure smooth delivery that fits around organisation’s busy periods. This allows plenty of time to plan ahead and, anticipating the unexpected, is truly flexible to accommodate changes during the Apprenticeship programme.

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      I used skills taught during the course to successfully devise and deploy the site strategy in collaboration with senior management. This was well received by all levels within the organisation and was commended by external auditors as they saw a clear link between regional objectives, the site strategy and then cascading down to departments and individuals.

      Aleem Khalid - Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement

      Johnson Matthey

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      Need Guidance

      Improvement Practitioner Level 4 (Green Belt)

      This Apprenticeship programme is ideal for those responsible for the delivery and coaching of improvement activity within their area of authority. Improvement Practitioners use a blend of Lean and Six Sigma, project and change management principles and tools to identify and lead the delivery of change across organisational functions and processes.

      Need Advice

      Improvement Specialist Level 5 (Black Belt)

      This Apprenticeship programme is ideal for those leading the local deployment of improvement strategy. Suitable candidates would be employees who provide technical expertise in structured improvement methods and advanced tools, or are responsible for leading advanced cross-functional improvement projects.

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