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Improvement Technician Standard – Caterpillar

Improvement Technicians are responsible for delivery and coaching of improvement activity within an area of responsibility, often associated with Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. They can be found across all industry sectors and functions including automotive, banking, engineering, food products, IT etc.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 36
Start: Flexible

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Course Information for Students

Improvement Technician is an apprenticeship to work as a member of an operational team to resolve problems, preventing re-occurrence, engaging others in issues affecting them and to support the improvement of performance. Typical activities include:

  • Engaging team members in the identification of improvement opportunities and relevant countermeasures and controls
  • Initiating and facilitating improvement activities through to confirmed resolution
  • Providing local expertise in business improvement methods and basic tools to team

Typically the apprentice will require GCSE grade 4 in Maths, English and Science

An Improvement Technician apprentice will learn project management, team working, problem solving, process mapping and communication skills.

The knowledge and skills are typically learnt in the workplace with some classroom based delivery required.

All requirements for PPE will be provided to the apprentice by the employer.

There will be two phases of training to ensure that apprentices meet this apprenticeship standard, in line with specified employer requirements.

The foundation phase will be intensive off-the-job training focused on developing the apprentice’s core skills, knowledge and behaviour, allowing them to work effectively with supervision in a largely simulated working environment. The tasks will be aligned to the job role to develop a range of core technical knowledge and skills.  By the end of this phase, the apprentice will therefore be able to demonstrate, under independent test conditions, that they can deploy the relevant skills and occupational behaviours.

There will be an employer endorsement as part of the final assessment of this phase to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in this apprenticeship standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent improvement technician.

The completion of the apprenticeship standard will typically lead to job roles such as Continuous Improvement Engineer, Process Technician, Operational Excellence/Lean Engineer

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Course Information for Employers

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email or call 01332 387421

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 22, 2021 3:56 pm