Improvement Leader Apprenticeship
(master black belt)


Level 6 Improvement Leader - Master Black Belt

Build leaders in strategic improvements

“A leading qualification for Lean Six Sigma in any industrial sector today

We are a leading, accredited UK Training provider because the experience, knowledge and skills our trainers possess are second-to-none. Between them, our trainers have many years experience in Lean Six Sigma, teaching and training; they provide our learners with an unparalleled support system from enrolment to End Point Assessment.

Improvement Leader Level 6

The role of an Improvement Leader

Improvement Leaders are trained to have high-level expertise in Lean, Six Sigma & Project and Change Management. They are recognised as the specialists in leading improvement strategy.

During and after their training, Improvement Leaders work closely with all functions of the business to support the setting and achievement of business goals. For example, they may develop top-level Value Stream Maps to identify improvement opportunities. These can then be scoped into projects delivered by Improvement Specialist, or they may even be used to design new products, processes or services.

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of an Improvement Leader in our brochure.

Level 6 Improvement Leader

Improvement Leader Apprentices will learn the following core knowledge and skills throughout their training:

Who is the Qualification for?

Continuous Improvement plays a critical part to the growth of any company and should be lead by Lean Six Sigma & Project and Change Management experts. Improvement Leaders are found in all industry sectors and functions including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunication, Retail, Finance, Food, Drink, Travel and Leisure.

What skills and knowledge will be achieved?

Strategy development

Policy deployment principles and Hoshin Kanri Porter’s 5 forces, Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (SWOT)/Political Economic Social Technological Legal Economic (PESTLE), Ansoff’s growth matrix, Boston Consulting Group growth share matrix, GE-McKinsey matrix.

Team formation & leadership:

Team types and constraints, dysfunctional teams, emotional intelligence, Neuro-linguistic programming techniques, reinforcement strategies.

Drive for results:

Being a primary advocate for Improvement and Operational Excellence, acting as a role model for others and focused on improving customer experience and delivering benefits.

Team Working:

Actively seeking opportunities for improving team performance and coaching others to resolve under-performance issues.


Demonstrating personal resilience Challenging, influencing & engaging seniors.

Strategic Thinking:

Driving future thinking for themselves and others. Actively seeking out new ideas, opportunities methods
and tools. Building a knowledge and best practice sharing network.

Typically, this apprenticeship will take 18 months.

More information about the Core Knowledge, Skills and behaviours, and the entry requirements can be found here.

In addition to offering this Apprenticeship to Organisational groups and cohorts, we also offer the Level 6 Improvement Leader (Master Black Belt) as part of our regularly run Open Programmes, which do not require a minimum cohort. Contact us for more information.