Trailblazer Standards

When considering which approach to adopt you should consider:

  • What is the size of the objective?
  • What is the scope?
  • What is the urgency?
  • Has anyone tried & failed to make the improvement before?
  • What enablers must be in place to ensure a sustained improvement – a who should therefore be involved?
  • What level of data collection & analysis is required?
  • What is the level of operational risk?

What is Trailblazers apprenticeships?

A Trailblazer is made up of a group of employers who work together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors. Employers are now at the forefront of the development of Apprenticeships and learning; creating people with workplace skills that are relevant to business and industry.

Improvement Standards:

Each of the improvement standards require the apprentice to carry out a problem solving methodology, for example: DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analysis, Improve & Control) improvement project, this enables the apprentice to break-away from their normal duties to engage key stakeholders to improve objectives set by the company or directly by their line manager. These project(s) may directly or in-directly support the role of the individual apprentice. The Improvement Standards include:

  • Level 2 – Lean Manufacturing Operative (Lean White Belt)
  • Level 3 – Improvement Technician (Lean & Six Sigma Yellow Belt)
  • Level 4 – Improvement Practitioner (Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt)
  • Level 5 – Improvement Specialist (Lean & Six Sigma Black Belt)
  • Level 6 – Improvement Leader (Lean & Six Sigma Master Black Belt)

The Trailblazer for the improvement standards included the following Employers:

  • 2 Sisters Food Group
  • British Standards Institution
  • Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd
  • BT Group Plc
  • Capella Associates Ltd
  • Chartered Quality Institute
  • Clevedon Fasteners Ltd
  • develop-u
  • GLAS Business Solutions Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline Plc
  • Gleeds Management Services Ltd
  • International Automotive Components Group Ltd
  • Jaguar Land Rover Ltd
  • Kraft Heinz Company
  • Leonardo – Helicopter division
  • Morson International Ltd
  • National Skills Academy for Food & Drink
  • nuvia Limited, Bee Lighting Ltd
  • Ricoh Europe Plc
  • Rolls-Royce Controls and Data Services Ltd
  • Royal Mail Group Ltd
  • SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Ltd
  • Stadco Ltd
  • Testlink Services Ltd
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd
  • TUI Group Plc
  • Wincanton Plc

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