Improvement leader
(master black belt) Apprenticeship


Level 6 Improvement Leader (Master Black Belt)

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

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 are then scoped into projects delivered by Improvement Specialist or they may even be used to design new products, processes or services.

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

Improvement Leader: Knowledge and Skills Overview

Who is the Qualification for?

Improvement Leaders are found in all industry sectors and functions including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunication, Retail, Finance, Food, Drink, Travel and Leisure.

Job titles associated with the Improvement Leader occupation might include: Lean Master, Senior Lean Leader, Senior Navigator, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Senior Consultant.

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 18-24 months.

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

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.