Lean Six Sigma

Predominantly using industry standard Lean Six Sigma methodologies, our approach to continuous improvement is designed to empower your teams, help you reduce waste, increase productivity, deliver greater revenue and profitability, and create additional value for your customers.

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Applicable to any industry and a wide variety of roles.

Lean Six Sigma is a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performances by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. Lean Six Sigma is a set of principles and methods for process improvement in all forms of work.

Most of its tools and techniques have been developed over many decades and even centuries… however the term ‘Lean’ was introduced during the effective implementation of these principles, methods, tools and techniques by the Toyota car manufacturing industry from the 1950s through to the 1980s, which developed into the Toyota Production System (TPS).

The term ‘Six Sigma’ was first coined by Motorola in the 1980s as the name for their quality improvement program. Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to eliminate defects and reduce variation in processes, and whilst developed by Motorola, it evolved side-by-side with Lean. Although once independent entities, they were combined in the early 2000’s and offer an effective methodology for process improvement, waste reduction and increase profitability.

Benefits to Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma provides a comprehensive and proven approach for the positive transformation of any organisation and its processes. Using well established principles, methods, tools and techniques, Lean Six Sigma specifically offers the following benefits:

  • Improves quality of products and services
  • Reduces costs
  • Improves customer satisfaction
  • Improves staff experience 
  • Reduces waiting times
  • Reduces defects, scrap, and rework
  • Improves delivery, reducing cycle times and lead times



For further information on our Lean courses please call our Business Growth team on 01292 261469 or email businessgrowth@ayrshire.ac.uk

Current Course Offerings

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Lean Six Sigma White Belt

This is a one-day classroom-based course which covers all of the basics of Lean and touches briefly on Six Sigma and how both methodologies work in harmony together.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

This course is designed for professionals who requires an understanding of the basics of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and who support process improvement projects as a part of a team. The Yellow Belt is a 2 day classroom-based course followed up with an exam.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

This 5 day classroom based course with proctored exam trains managers and team members how to use Lean Six Sigma methods, tools and techniques to improve their business processes. The course also coaches the delegates how to lead small to medium sized process improvement projects using the DMAIC framework.

There is an option to fast track our Green Belt course in completion of our Yellow Belt course.

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