Business Improvement Techniques Apprenticeship

The Lean Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) Apprenticeship is the core product in Lean in the UK. Run over 13 months 100% onsite, the Lean BIT programme requires a minimum 6 candidates and involves classroom based training to teach candidates the essential methodologies of Lean followed by practical onsite Lean projects designed to teach candidates how to identiy and remove waste throughout their organisation. Post completion candidates will have the knowledge to complete projects themselves without aid from Track Trainings tutors, allowing for a Lean Continuous Improvement culture to be created where employees constantly identify and remove waste from the companies processes. 

Track Training have provided Lean Business Improvement Techniques to organisations of all sizes throughout England and Wales in a variety of industries, always ensuring quantifiable Return On Investment (ROI) in our customers operations and visible improvements throughout our customers sites. Lean is relevant for any industry and every department, often working well with cross-functional teams to allow for fresh eyed perspectives throughout an organisation.    

Lean is the concept of Continuous Improvement first developed in Japan by the Toyota car company. It is a systematic method for teaching staff to identify and remove waste from within a companies operations without sacrificing productivity or quality. The traditional 8 Deadly wastes identified by Taiichi Ohno are below, when a company is properly utilising Lean its staff are constantly identifying the below wastes throughout the companies processes and identifying ways to remove them.

8 Wastes of Lean

Transport—Moving of people, products and information around the business

Inventory—Storage of excess goods and materials

Motion— Excess motion created by overcomplicated process

Waiting—No value created by bottlenecks

Overproducing—Producing more than is immediately required

Over processing—Undertaking more steps than are required

Defects—Not right first time

Staff Potential—Staff not being utilised to their greatest potential


By the end of the programme, employees will benefit from;

  • A clearer understanding of their responsibilities to improve the efficiency and productivity of their organisation
  • The opportunity to develop new skills and gain relevant job specific knowledge
  • A nationally recognised qualification accredited with EAL


Employers will benefit from;

  • Improved staff performance and motivation
  • Improvements in the quality of service
  • The cost saving methodologies to achieve sustainable improvements

Mandatory Units

  • Statutory Regulations
  • 5S
  • Visual Management Systems
  • Kaizen
  • Effective Team Working
Optional Units (1 for BIT Level 2, 3 for BIT Level 3)

  • Flow Process Analysis
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Kanban
  • SMED
  • FMEA
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Lead Time Analysis