Level 5 Improvement Specialist

For learners who want to lead departmental Improvement Programmes and coach Green Belt projects within their organisation.‍

Who is this course for?

The L5 Improvement Specialist apprenticeship is for learners who want to develop their knowledge on Lean and Six Sigma principles, lead departmental Improvement Programmes and coach Green Belt projects within their organisation.

What will I learn?

The Improvement Specialist apprenticeship will teach learners how to use a blend of Lean and Six Sigma, project and change management principles and give them the tools to identify and lead the delivery of change across organisational functions and processes.

Improvement Specialists are responsible for leading the deployment of improvement strategy, for training others and for providing broad and deep technical expertise in advanced and complex Lean and Six Sigma, Project and Change Management principles and tools to enable identification and delivery of improvement opportunities aligned to key business goals.

Typical roles and responsibilities include:

  • Leading the local deployment of improvement strategy; supporting delivery of business goals, for example they may model critical process inputs to enable root causes of complex problems to be verified or they may develop bespoke measurement processes to enable the collection of good-quality data in support of change
  • Providing technical expertise in structured Improvement methods and advanced tools such as Multiple Regression and Designed Experiments to analyse relationships between inputs and outputs
  • Leading advanced and/or cross-functional Improvement projects such as process re-engineering and change programmes or reducing defects on complex products
  • Co-ordinating Practitioner-level Improvement training, activities and projects; for example, they may deliver Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training and coaching to an awarding body accreditation standard
  • Coaching, mentoring and communicating with Improvement Practitioners, business leaders and stakeholders

Delivery Units:

This apprenticeship will be delivered according to the two EPA assessment methods:

  • Professional discussion, underpinned by portfolio of evidence
  • Examination, based on mini case-studies

Before assessment, apprentices will also complete a portfolio of evidence and L2 English and Maths.

20% Off-the-job Training 

Throughout the qualification learners are expected to complete 20% off-the-job training. Off-the-job training is training received by the learner, during the learner’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship.

Off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard and teach new knowledge, skills and behaviours required to reach competence in the management sector.

Qualifications Included:

  • L5 Improvement Specialist
  • L2 Functional Skills Maths
  • L2 Functional Skills English


Level 6 Improvement Leader

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be able to secure off-the-job training directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard that teaches new knowledge, skills and behaviours required to reach competence in the management sector.



L5 Improvement Specialist apprenticeship


NA College Spire Campus

Group Size:


Course Duration:

14-18 months


L6 Improvement Leader

Minimum Age

16+ Years

Get In Touch

(0191) 4661188

Mon – Thu: 08:00 – 16:30
Fri: 08:00 – 12:00


Spire Road
Tyne and Wear
NE37 3ES

Contact our Business Development Lead Susan Bulmer for any further information.