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Course overview: 

The objective of the Six Sigma improvement approach is to reduce variation in processes, allowing a more predictable output. Industry Forum believes that Six Sigma improvement activities are most effective in environments where a foundation level of stability has already been established through Lean or Total Productive Maintenance programmes. Six sigma builds on these foundations to analyse and eliminate the causes of variation that remain, using a structured approach and toolkit. The six sigma 'Green Belt' is designed for those who will lead local area improvement activities or participate in larger, business wide projects.

Industry Forum has developed a Six Sigma Green Belt training programme for companies who wish to develop their capability in this area, aligned to the ISO-13053 international standard. We recognise that wherever possible training should be through a 'learn by doing' approach with coaching and mentoring support in preference to classroom based education. With this in mind, Industry Forum has developed a Six Sigma Green Belt programme that introduces the critical programme elements within the classroom and simulation environment whilst maximising the time spent coaching learners during project delivery.

The participants really enjoyed the live online course. This new format allowed us to mix participants from various regions (Europe & APAC) without any travel cost. The trainer was great and highly engaged. The course was the right mix of theory and practical exercises. Lots of things learned can be applied to improve our processes. Thank you a lot for giving us the opportunity to continue developing our skills in project management & data analysis during this Covid 19 period that prevented face to face training sessions. 

Véronique Tétaz
Group Continuous Improvement Vice President

Who should attend: 

Suitable for all delegates such as Project Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers and Supplier Development Engineers who are required to solve complex problems using the Define - Measure - Analyse - Improve - Control (DMAIC) Process.

Topics covered: 

    To make the six sigma approach more accessible the Industry Forum Green Belt programme is built around the use of Microsoft Excel software rather than Minitab statistical software. The programme comprises five days training supported by coaching, mentoring and assessment support as shown below. The training phase is phased over a two month period with coaching activities taking place between sessions:

    Day one 

    • Six Sigma Overview, Structure and ISO Standard
    • Introduction - Certification Requirements
    • Define - Critical To Quality Characteristics (CTQCs) and Voice Of Customer (VOC), Project Charters (Project Refinements), SIPOC and Process Mapping, Cause and Effect Matrix, Waste and Value Analysis

    Day two

    • Define - Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
    • Measure - Data Types - Distribution Curves - Sampling, Data Collection Plan, Measurement System Analysis

    Day three

    • Analyse - Capability, Data Trails and Charts, Cause and Effect Diagram / 5 Why Analysis

    Day four

    • Improve - Mistake Proofing, Alternative Idea Generation, Solution Selection, Pilot and Validate Improvements
    • Control - Statistical Process Control (SPC), Standard Work

    Day five

    • A review of the DMAIC process and tools used, a final exam which is based on this 5 day training programme, a review of individual project and discussion on next steps

    Virtual Courses

    When delivered virtually this course will be split into 8 x 4-hour sessions. The virtual programme will also include 2 x 1-hour 1-2-1 session with the trainer to discuss their project used for the certification.

    Project Selection

    To receive Green Belt certification, each learner will need to pass the end of training knowledge examination and to then complete a Green Belt standard project. Learners should identify a suitable project with their line manager prior to the first training session. Following the first training phase this can then be developed into the formal project charter.

    A good green belt project should: 

    • Be aligned to the working environment of the learner
    • Be targeted to close a gap between current and business target performance in a business process, where a tangible financial impact of improvement can be determined
    • Tackle a problem where the cause of the problem or gap is not clearly understood
    • Not have a defined solution easily identifiable
    • Be suitable for data analysis activities to measure and analyse the problem
    • Show evidence of process variation or inconsistent performance
    • Be suitable for completion within the required timescale
    • Be in an area where the learner can make change happen and will be able to implement improvements
    • Have support resource available to assist the learner if required in delivering the project

    Project Support and Certification: 

    It is typically anticipated that learners complete the Green Belt project over three to four months after the initial training. Industry Forum supports learners during this implementation phase through a combination of group coaching and individual reviews. This ensures that learners can complete each phase of their projects to a strong standard and be confident that the phase outputs will support the next stage of activity. Where learners are based remotely from the main training location, this may include internet based communication such as Skype or 'Go To Meeting' to minimise travel implications.

    Why choose Industry Forum: 

    Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance.

    An integrated team of consultants and practitioners – all seasoned expert engineers with multi-sector manufacturing experience – Industry Forum brings together a world-class combination of improvement competency, insight, process and best practice.

    Spanning automotive, aerospace, consumer appliance, electronics and food sectors, for over 20 years Industry Forum has planned and delivered some of the world’s most consistent and successful transformations for business-critical manufacturing operations.

    Our trainers are expert practitioners with hands-on industrial experience and highly developed communication skills.

    They have a wealth of technical expertise and often provide on-site advice and coaching. During every course we will encourage collaboration and sharing of practical experiences, ensuring learning can be put into context and empowering delegates to apply their new skills successfully in their workplace as well as making sustainable improvements.

    This course is run in-house. Please contact us to arrange a confidential discussion around your needs.

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    Important information

    If you are booking an instructor led class and the venue states ‘Virtual’ then please see the technical requirements below. Please note that this technical requirements below does not apply to eLearning courses :

    Virtual Class Technical Requirements

    To access a virtual class you must have the following:

    • A PC or laptop with good (1Mbps or more) internet access
    • A microphone and speaker or headset (recommended)
    • Webcam (preferably)
    • A Chrome web browser
    • Ability to access Google drive (you do not need a personal account but your laptop / PC must not block access

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