Apprenticeship Standard

Improvement Leader Level 6

Improvement Leaders are responsible for developing improvement strategy, providing leadership in improvement and coaching and supporting Improvement Specialists. They work with all business functions to support the setting and achievement of business goals, and are often accountable for improvement activities within high priority programmes of work.

Improvement Leaders have high-level expertise in Lean, Six Sigma, project and change management and are specialists in leading improvement strategy. Improvement Leaders work across all industries.

Typical Job Roles: Improvement Leader, Lean master, Senior Lean Leader, Senior Navigator, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Senior Consultant.

Level 6


Apprenticeship Duration

18-24 Months

Training method

Blended Classroom & online

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What to expect from Skills Training UK
  • Course content customized for your organisation and its goals.
  • Support from a dedicated trainer who will support with learning, skill competency and developing evidence for assessment.
  • Individual support and mentoring to make every apprenticeship a success.
  • Access to our virtual learning environment with virtual classes, on-demand videos and tasks to reinforce learning.
What does an employer need to do?
  • provide the learner with the opportunity to take part in work and projects which to produce a substantial portfolio of evidence required for Apprenticeship assessment and completion.
  • Take part in progress reviews at regular intervals.
  • Have some involvement in the project(s) being undertaken.
  • Allow the apprentice an agreed amount of classroom time.

What is included in the Standard?


  • Strategy development – SWOT/PESTLE/GR-McKinsey Matrix, Asnoff’s growth matrix etc
  • Business benefits
  • Team formation and leadership – NLP,emotional intelligence, dysfunction
  • Self -development – continuous development and operational excellence
  • Presentation and reporting
  • Project selection and scoping
  • Data analysis – statistical methods
  • Experimentation and optimization – Monte Carlo and Discrete Event simulation, General Linear Model


  • Strategic deployment of continuous improvement
  • Business benefits
  • Team formation and leadership
  • Capability development
  • Project management
  • Reviewing projects and coaching others
  • Presentation and reporting
  • Change management to improve outcomes
  • Principles and methods
  • Project selection and scoping
  • Problem definition
  • Voice of customer
  • Process mapping and analysis
  • Lean concepts and tools
  • Process capability and performance
  • Root cause analysis
  • Data acquisition for analysis
  • Statistics and graphical analysis
  • Experimentation, optimization and simulation
  • Failure mode avoidance
  • Benchmarking


  • Drive for results – Be a primary advocate for Improvement and Operational Excellence acting as a role model for others, focused on improving customer experience and delivering benefits.
  • Team working – Actively seeks opportunities for improving team performance and coaches others to resolve under-performance.
  • Professionalism – Demonstrates personal resilience. Challenge, influence and engage seniors.
  • Strategic thinking – Drives future thinking for themselves and others. Actively seeks out new ideas, opportunities methods and tools.
  • Safe working – Recognises opportunities to improve safe working practices.

Eligibility criteria

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer. It is typically Improvement Specialist Level 5 or equivalent

Qualifications and professional recognition

Level 6 competency.

End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Examination based on case studies
  • Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio evidence gathered during the Apprenticeship

Each assessment method will be individually graded as fail, pass, merit or distinction.

We’ve implemented the techniques shown to us by Skills Training UK and they’re very beneficial – helping to save time and bring costs down. I’m now constantly looking out for opportunities to improve my work and the work of others – I believe continuous improvement is a key factor in ensuring the business stays as a market leader.

Talal Khalid, Martindale Pharma

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