Business Improvement Techniques Apprenticeship


The Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) Apprenticeship Framework is one of the core  Lean programmes available to UK industry. Delivered 100% onsite, the Apprenticeship consists of classroom based training sessions (VRQ) to teach the key concepts of Lean and ensure delegates are confident in their knowledge of the subject, followed by the practical element (NVQ) where delegates identify waste and add value by implementing relevant company specific Lean projects in areas such as Kaizen, 5S and Visual Management Systems. The Apprenticeship also consists of a Literacy and Numeracy element, which ensure all delegates are confident when calculating cost savings as the Lean Team Leader within the on-programme projects and confident in communicating the cost savings internally to Management.


Upon completion candidates receive a nationally recognised Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification accredited with EAL, and will be confident to continue identifying and removing waste throughout the business and leading Lean teams to ensure a fully integrated Continuous Improvement culture is embedded within the organisation.


Mandatory Units;                                                

1. Safe Team Working

2. Effective Team Working        

3. (5S) Application of Workplace Organisation

4. (Kaizen) Contributing to the Application of Continuous Improvement Techniques

5. Visual Management Systems


Optional Units (3);

· Flow Process Analysis

· Problem Solving Techniques

· Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

· Error Proofing (POKE YOKE)

· Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

· Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA)

· Applying Total Productive Maintenance



· Shorter programme allows a larger number of employees to attend


· The more employees with an understanding of Lean, the greater the chance of it becoming part of the organisational culture


· Helps to create positive mindsets and culture to better support employment and employability


· This programme allows a flexible, inclusive structure that individuals and employers can utilise to ensure employee training needs are not neglected 


· On successful completion, the delegates receive a nationally recognised qualification