What is Lean Six Sigma?
Lean Six Sigma is a powerful management tool that provides organisations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability, productivity, overall business performance and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma uses a statistical approach and methodology to measure and reduce variation to improve performance and eliminate waste, including:
We are now living in an ever-increasingly digital world. More companies are adopting a digital-first approach. Lean Six Sigma can also be a beneficial tool for companies that are seeking to embrace large organisational changes, such as a full digital transformation, as it can assist in driving simplification, automation and digitisation of processes.
Why study Lean Six Sigma?
Lean Six Sigma not only reduces process defects and waste, but also provides a means for achieving a culture for continuous improvement. Virtually any key business process where the Lean Six Sigma methodology is properly applied and sustained, could return high yield, bottom-line results. By investing in Lean Six Sigma, you’re investing in the future of your organisation and giving staff the tools to confidently make operational decisions.
Why Study Lean Six Sigma at UWS?
University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of Scotland’s largest modern Universities with almost 17,000 students. At UWS we’re keen to join forces with like-minded organisations, for the benefit of our students and wider society. Our academic schools are always working with a host of industry, government and academic partners.
With ambitious plans for continuous development, UWS aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland, and beyond, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful; and to create opportunities for all to participate.
UWS deliver a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this field, including MSc Project Management and MSc Quality Management we pride ourselves on our extensive links with industry. All of our Lean Six Sigma programmes are delivered by academics who boast years or practical experience in the field and as such, UWS is one of the leading providers of Lean Six Sigma training in Scotland and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSP).
Given current social distancing guidelines, we have transformed all of our Lean Six Sigma courses to be delivered digitally. As a result, delegates will be able to engage with our course leaders during interactive group classes. Additionally, delegates will have access to our dedicated learning portal where they can continue their self-paced study. Here, delegates will have unlimited access to course case studies, academic materials and tasks, should they wish to revisit and consolidate any specific areas of teaching upon completion of the course.
The complete course will encompass both an introductory element (Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification) and an advanced element (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification).
Advanced Element (Green Belt Certification)
This element builds on the introductory element (Yellow Belt course) to broaden knowledge of Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to enable participants to select and manage an improvement project to provide an understanding of relevant statistical tools and techniques.
This intensive course is high in practical content and comprises of 13 modules. These modules cover the following:
Project and Change Management
Advanced Lean Techniques
Lean and Six Sigma Measures
Costs of Quality
Lean Six Sigma Project Selection and Management
DMAIC for Green Belt
Statistics for Green Belts
The advanced element is also assessed though an extensive, probing examination. It is a one-hour, open-book, multiple choice examination consisting of 50 questions. The pass mark is 60%.
Delivery of the course
The course is delivered online and all materials are made available for the delegates to access at their own pace and study in their own time over the two week period. In addition, there will be a two hour live online session with our tutors each day, for delegates to ask questions, check concepts and discuss more advanced topics. These sessions can be flexible in timing according to the needs of the group, and it is not compulsory to attend all the sessions to pass the course. We pride ourselves on the flexibility of delivery, tailored to fit the needs of the delegates, so please contact us if you have any questions or any particular requirements.
Arrangements for the final exam will be discussed and confirmed at the start of the course.
The introductory element (Yellow Belt course)