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Lean Sigma Manager - Apprenticeship

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 years (plus 5 months project write up)

Award: Masters (MSc)

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Contact(s):

Name:
Vivienne Kiernan
Email:
info@icbe.ie
Tel:
+353 (0)61 423622
Web:

Brief Description

The Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) has partnered with the University of Limerick (UL) to deliver Ireland’s first apprenticeship at level 9 (MSc): The Master of Science in Strategic Quality Management – Lean Sigma Systems.

The Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) has partnered with the University of Limerick (UL) to deliver Ireland’s first apprenticeship at level 9 (MSc): The Master of Science in Strategic Quality Management – Lean Sigma Systems.
Developed by industry for industry, this is a work based education programme which supports the development of the Lean & Sigma knowledge base amongst practitioners in organisations. It combines learning in the workplace with learning in a higher education institute. Graduates of this programme will be considered Master Black Belts in Lean and Six Sigma.

How it Works

This two year programme is structured for blended delivery of online learning and face to face sessions which minimizes time ‘off the job’. It includes:

  • Eight days per year for taught elements and project support workshops. These are on a Saturday on Campus in UL.
  • A strong emphasis on directed project work allowing participants to spend more time applying the learning concepts in the context of their own organization. This includes the completion of an Enterprise Improvement Project.
  • A dedicated project coordinator to support participants
  • Six days per year for industry visits to companies who demonstrate excellence in processes and business functions applicable to the programme
  • Participation in a ‘Community of Practice’. This will allow participants to interact and engage in peer-to-peer learning activities around the academic content.
  • Support from an Industry Mentor within the company throughout the apprenticeship.

For Professionals Who

  • Are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of quality management
  • Wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques
  • Are continuously exploring ways to bring new technologies into the organisationin order to enhance delivery and keep costs low. Understands the impact of digitization and automation
  • Seek recognition as a Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma
  • Have a degree or considerable industrial experience in the field

 

Year 1
Leadership & Change Management
Lean Thinking & Lean Tools 1
Lean Thinking & Lean Tools 2
Lean Systems Project

 

Year 2
Problem Solving Skills & Techniques
Quality Science Introductuon
Quality Science Advanced
Six Sigma Project
Enterprise Improvement Project

 

  • Employers must be approved by SOLAS and commit to support the apprentice throughout the programme.
  • Programme participants should hold a NFQ level 8 at minimum level 2.2 in a relevant area. Applicants who have completed a level 8 apprenticeship in a related field are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants with a lower qualification may also be considered provided they can prove to have considerable industrial experience as well as evidence of the ability to study at Masters Level.

Benefits to the Employer

  • Developed by industry for industry
  • Improves staff retention and productivity
  • Addresses and tackles skills shortage
  • Government subsidized qualifications

Benefits to the Apprentice

  • Gain a Masters qualification while working
  • Develop career enhancing skills
  • Learn best-practice from other organisations
  • Excellent career progression prospects