Improvement leader apprenticeship

Develop improvement strategies and provide leadership in improvement for a business

An improvement leader is responsible for developing improvement strategy, providing leadership in improvement for the business and for coaching and supporting colleagues in advanced analysis. In this role, you’ll report to board members or heads of department, and manage a team of improvement specialists, who will carry out your strategy. During the improvement leader apprenticeship you’ll work closely with all parts of the organisation to support the setting and achievement of goals, often accountable for improvement activities within the largest-scale and highest priority programmes of work. For example, you may develop top-level value stream maps to identify improvement opportunities that are then given to improvement specialists, or you may design new products, processes or services. As a team player, you’ll be results driven, demonstrate professionalism at all times and have the ability to think strategically. The role is typically office-based but involves working wherever your efforts are focused.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Business studies

Entry requirements for the improvement leader apprenticeship: Improvement level 5 qualification or equivalent

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £32,000 per annum

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