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Continuous Improvement Essentials 

This programme has been designed to build capability across the enterprise. It examines why a CI Culture is essential, how improvement can occur, and creates a practical understanding of the tools required to participate in improvement activities.

What is Continuous Improvement Essentials?

  • We recommend that everyone in your business participates in this course. It cultivates a unified culture of continuous improvement by aligning the understanding and execution of lean principles across all employees. This unity helps everyone, from the shop floor to management, work with a common objective: eliminating waste and adding value for the customer.

  • Secondly, this training imparts the necessary tools and methodologies to staff, enabling them to spot and rectify inefficiencies, boosting efficiency and productivity. With knowledge and application of lean basics, employees can aid in cost reduction, quality improvement, and an increase in customer satisfaction.​

  • Finally, by providing lean training to everyone, we are nurturing innovation and ownership of processes among employee ranks, leading to sustainable competitive edges in an ever-changing market. Broad-based lean education creates a proactive workforce ready to tackle obstacles and capitalise on improvement opportunities.

How is the course structured? 

  • One day in a classroom or online self-paced e-learning.

  • Engaging, practical and interactive training that gives the learner everything they need to start their journey into continuous improvement.

  • A final multiple-choice assessment demonstrates that the learner understands the essentials of Continuous Improvement.

  • This is an accredited course, and the course content is structured following the Lean Competency System (LCS) Level 1A requirements.

How will the course help me and my company?

  • Those trained in Continuous Improvement understand the underlying theories and different methods that can be applied to streamline business processes, improve quality, reduce costs, and increase revenue - all of which leads to a better bottom line, and happier customers.

  • This introductory course allows learners to start supporting Continuous Improvement projects in the workplace and progress towards future Lean or Continuous Improvement qualifications.

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone from a manufacturing or service organisation who wants a proven, systematic approach to tackle business problems and inefficiencies.

  • People Involved in Continuous Improvement.

  • Employees who wants to progress with their personal development. 

  • Anyone who wishes to progress to the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and our Continuous Improvement Practitioner Programme.

Course Content Overview 

  • Origins and evolution of Lean thinking and Continuous Improvement 

    • Course introduction and requirements

    • The history of Lean and CI

    • Understanding the Organisation

    • Systems Thinking

    • The principles of the Toyota Production System (TPS)

  • Lean and Continuous Improvement Concepts and Frameworks 

    • The 5 Lean Principles

    • Plan, Do Check Act (PDCA)

    • Improvement Methodologies

    • The scientific method (Data-based decision-making)

  • Core elements of Lean and Continuous Improvement 

    • Customer definition of ‘Value’

    • Defining ‘value-added’ and ‘non-value added’ work

    • Waste identification (TIMWOOD)

    • Introduction to the concept of ‘Flow’

  • Management and Leadership in a Lean Workplace 

    • Leadership vs Management

    • Lean culture

    • Policy Deployment

    • Visual Process Control

    • Standard Work

    • Workplace organisation (5S)


Upcoming Courses 

Summer Cohort 

  • 16th July 2024

  • 08:30 - 16:00

  • Manufacturers Network, Trafford Park, Manchester

  • Practitioner: Ian Wilson

  • Investment: £345 +VAT per delegate 

Autumn Cohort 

  • 17th September 2024

  • 08:30 - 16:00

  • Manufacturers Network, Trafford Park, Manchester

  • Practitioner: Ian Wilson

  • Investment: £345 +VAT per delegate 

Late-Autumn Cohort 

  • 12th November 2024​

  • 08:30 - 16:00

  • Manufacturers Network, Trafford Park, Manchester

  • Practitioner: Ian Wilson

  • Investment: £345 +VAT per delegate 

Reserve Your Place

Reserve your place. 

Please complete the form, and a team member will contact you with a formal proposal. If you are happy to proceed with the booking, invoice or credit/debit card payments can be made. 

If you would like to discuss a private and/or bespoke programme for your organisation, please contact us using the details below. 


Call: 0161 533 1617

WhatsApp: +44 (0)7399 322 662

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