Business Improvement Techniques Level 3
Level 3
Qualifications Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques: Level 3
Duration Minimum 12 months
Start date Flexible
Attendance In the workplace. If required an opportunity to attend college for Technical Certificate and functional skills.
Progression Advanced Engineering Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Business-improvement techniques (BIT) complement a wide range of work environments, promoting lean skills and effective teamwork across all levels and types of organisations, optimising operational processes, improving productivity, efficiency and net profit.

Derived from the successful approaches of leading manufacturers including Toyota, Nissan and Honda, tools such as 5S/5C, Six Sigma and value stream mapping can bring about cost savings and quality improvements in any process-orientated work environment.

Businesses of all sizes can use the principles of lean enterprise to help eliminate waste, reduce costs and boost productivity. The benefits of achieving process and quality improvements in the workplace are open to private and public companies across all sectors, including areas such as commerce and healthcare alongside traditional industry employers.

BIT qualifications are an ideal complement for job-specific qualifications. They help learners to apply a range of methodologies to achieve sustainable advances in working practices.


Business benefits

  • This advanced apprenticeship will enable your employees to learn, develop and practise the skills and systems within your organisation required for employment and, or career progression whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
  • The apprentice applies first-hand knowledge and learning from experienced trainer / assessor co-workers, acquiring new skills and knowledge. The apprentice will need a broad range of skills to work efficiently and to help increase business productivity and profitability.
  • Develop your work force of your company to support growth. It is a unique opportunity to provide skilled members of staff that are motivated by your investment in their career acquiring sustainable skills and recognised qualifications.
  • The course has a degree of flexibility to enable the apprentice and business to choose the options to meet the demands of the organisation in technical and practical skills, oral communication skills.


Structure of apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 A levels

Mandatory units:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Contributing to effective team working
  • Leading effective teams
  • Applying workplace organisation
  • Applying continuous improvement techniques (Kaizen)
  • Creating visual management systems

 Optional units:

  • Problem solving techniques
  • Producing SOP’s
  • Applying flow process analysis


Functional skills

Functional skills are practical skills in English, Mathematics that help individuals to operate confidently, effectively and independently in the workplace. These qualifications are a mandatory part of the apprenticeship programme that must be passed to allow successful completion unless the GCSE grades have been previously achieved. Employers have highlighted these abilities as an essential skill and many see them as a minimal requirement when applying for jobs.


Your employee will develop technical knowledge and will show competence through work activities. Assessments involves observation of the duties carried out and a range of other methods; including witness statements, professional discussions and reflective accounts, written reports and computer based assignments in the work place. Candidates will work with their assessor to gain a work based qualification and will work with an electronic portfolio that enables them to demonstrate their skills practically.

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