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Six Sigma training courses

  • Introduction to Six Sigma

    09 October 2013

    Six Sigma is a popular set of strategies, methods, and tools used to improve process efficiency within a company. The strategy is designed to identify and remove causes of defects and implement a Six Sigma infrastructure.

    At Total Training Solutions, we offer a Lean Six Sigma Awareness course in order to introduce Six Sigma to an organisation. This will give participants an understanding of Six Sigma theory and practice, and the basic knowledge needed to support the application of Six Sigma in the workplace. Six Sigma targets areas of the operation that are inefficient and therefore affecting the overall business performance - focusing on issues such as reducing cycle process time, reducing pollution, reducing costs or increasing customer satisfaction. Using statistical methods taught in the Total Training Solutions courses, these areas are then methodically worked through to ensure a maximum input to output ratio is achieved.

    However, taking on board a Six Sigma strategy is worthless, if those implementing it are not qualified in these methods. Total Training Solutions provide a range of courses for those wishing to bring their business up to a Six Sigma standard of efficiency. From Lean Six Sigma Awareness to Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belt, Total Training Solutions can ensure your team is qualified to implement the Six Sigma strategy - allowing your business to waste less time and therefore generate more profit.

    To browse our full range of Six Sigma courses, take a look at our course catalogue. For more information on Six Sigma, or any other Total Training Solutions courses, contact us on 0800 612 1299 or via our website.

  • Six Sigma - Yellow and Green Belts

    18 October 2013

    As mentioned in the previous post, a unique feature of Six Sigma is the “belt” infrastructure it implements. By having Six Sigma professionals at every level of the business, each with their own roles, tasks and goals, projects can be completed efficiently, as every team has at least a primary knowledge of Six Sigma strategy.

    The most basic level is the Yellow Belt. Yellow Belts are team members who assist in completing projects though not at a Green Belt or Black Belt level. Through teaching workers at this level - staff members, administrators, operations personnel, team members etc. - the Sigma Six strategy, it ensures all members of the team are working towards the same goal. There is little point in managers and executives aiming for company improvement, if the actual workers are unaware what goals they should be working towards. Total Training Solutions offer a Yellow Belt qualification for organisations who wish to educate their workers in Sigma Six strategy. The course covers Sigma Six basics, as well as elaborating on how the strategy can improve the workplace. Yellow Belts will be expected to think in a data-driven, cause-and-effect, manner and apply this to their work, all of which is taught through the cost-effective two day course.

    Green Belts are one tier above, and these are the workers who traditionally implement projects and act as process leaders. Once qualified, professional staff, operational specialists, managers and executives are often the people who achieve Green Belt status. Through courses such as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Manager by Total Training Solutions, these members of the team can learn how to support Black Belt workers and work on projects of their own. Green Belts are often expected to suggest new Sigma Six project ideas, lead process improvement projects and disseminate new tools and strategies, all of which can contribute to saving your business money.

    Though lower down in the Sigma Six hierarchy of roles, these “belts” are essential to ensuring Sigma Six strategies and projects are implemented correctly in the workplace. If you’re thinking of improving the efficiency of your business and want to ensure all members of your team are knowledgeable in how to work towards the right goals at their level, contact Total Training Solutions for more information on 0800 612 1299 or via our website. Alternatively, visit our course catalogue to view our entire range of courses.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt

    28 October 2013

     The next tier above Green Belt in the Six Sigma “belt” infrastructure is the Black Belt. The Black Belt team members lead the efficiency projects and are also qualified to train and coach teams in the Six Sigma strategy.

    A qualification to certify you as an official Black Belt under the Six Sigma system is not only advantageous but in fact essential for many managerial positions across the globe. It demonstrates a professional knowledge of the Six Sigma strategy, company efficiency and team management. Black Belts are often expected to prepare project charters, lead teams, coordinate logistics and provide Sigma Six training, coaching and guidance, as well as demonstrating top level managerial capability. A qualification such as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Total Training Solutions indicates this level of ability - teaching higher members of staff how to implement the Sigma Six strategy and build on their pre-existing skills to a gold standard. Recognised the world over, the course is run over a period that suits your business, and is a quick and simple way of improving the efficiency of your business.

    Alongside this course is the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt course. The Master Black Belt takes on further leadership responsibilities within the Six Sigma programme, as an advisor to executive or business unit managers. The course develops experienced Black Belts’ skills and teaches them how to successfully and effectively manage and lead at a higher level. For Black Belts who wish to take on more responsibility and work their way higher up the Six Sigma ladder, this course is a time and cost efficient way to build on their previous experience within the “belt” structure and take on new challenges.

    These roles are at the highest level within the Six Sigma project infrastructure. By having qualified Black Belts and Master Black Belts, a Six Sigma structured company can improve their efficiency and, subsequently, their outgoing costs through smart management, leadership and training. As a manager, a Black Belt or Master Black Belt qualification sets you apart from those without - demonstrating top notch managerial skills and an ability to integrate into and lead in a Six Sigma organisation.

    If you want to improve the efficiency of your business and believe your managerial staff could benefit from Six Sigma training, or indeed if you want to enhance your own prospects, contact Total Training Solutions for more information on 0800 612 1299 or via our website. Alternatively, visit our course directory to view our entire range of courses.

  • Six Sigma Champions and Executives

    01 November 2013

    Every professional project needs organisational support. While Six Sigma Belts work on the project at hand at different levels, Champions and Executives have a more behind-the-scenes, managerial role. Working with the Black Belt (project leaders) Champions and Executives set the direction for new projects and work together to begin to put them into place. They may be required to develop project objectives, select team leaders, provide communication between team members and top management, help to manage budget, and assure that teams are on target and that Six Sigma strategy is being implemented correctly and efficiently.

    Training at this level from Total Training Solutions takes only two days and is a cost efficient way of training members of staff in Six Sigma strategy to improve the efficiency of your business. Champions play a critical role in establishing strategy and maintaining it over the course of the project. Statistics show that it is when Six Sigma is implemented at a managerial level that organisations see the greatest outcome. Staff members implementing the structure at a higher level and ensuring that everyone is doing the job they are required to do prevents miscommunication and ensures a clear cut strategy for everyone to follow. It also aids communication between different “belts” and increases productivity.

    By investing in Six Sigma training from Total Training Solutions at all levels - Green and Yellow Belt, Black Belt and Champions and Executives - you are investing in your business. Highly profitable companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and American Express all use the Six Sigma strategy to aid the efficiency of their business, prevent defects, ensure a faster turn around time and generate more profit. Six Sigma is one of the most revered organisation strategies in the world, and has tried and tested benefits. Training through Total Training Solutions means your organisation will be knowledgeable in the strategy in a matter of weeks, and in no time at all you could be decreasing your defects and cycle times and increasing your profits.

    If you’re interested in implementing Six Sigma in your business, or alternatively, if you simply want to improve your career prospects by showing future employers your ability to fit into a Six Sigma organisation, contact Total Training Solutions today. We have a range of Six Sigma courses for personal or professional improvement, which you can find in our course catalogue. For more information, call us on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website.

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