Business Improvement Techniques

Introduction

The primary objective of the Business Improvement Techniques qualification is to improve business performance as a whole.  This can only be done by empowering the people who make up the organisation; this includes the top level management, middle management, team leaders and all other employees who will have a part to play in improving the performance of the business.

In order for business to improve performance, change within the workplace has to take place.  The change starts with the Business Improvement Techniques NVQ’s which will enable organisations to train their employees towards the competencies they will need to achieve this qualification.

These NVQ’s are not an alternative to any offer qualification but are intended to sit alongside those qualifications you already have or are working towards.  They are intended to maximise your company profits and revenues by the elimination of waste and the creation of flow through the business by reducing cost and variation.  They are also intended to improve responsiveness by making more effective use of people and physical assets.

The NVQ’s are based on national occupational standards.  They recognise that candidates who have demonstrated their ability to reach the standard have the skill associated knowledge to work safely and competently at the appropriate level in their chosen area.  Those not completing the full qualification can gain a certificate for the assessment routes they have achieved.

Benefits of the Qualifications

The Business-Improvement Techniques NVQ’s benefit both employers and employees in a variety of ways.

For the employers the qualification can:

Improve business performance and help with contracts

  • Maximise company profits and revenues
  • Reduce costs, variation and waste
  • Assist with recruitment and retention
  • Boost employee morale and motivation
  • Demonstrate the quality of the workforce to existing and potential customers
  • Help reduce workplace accidents

For the employees the qualification can:

Provide evidence of ability to do a particular job

  • Help improve career development/promotion chances
  • Give a sense of achievement
  • Be gained on the job
  • Be completed at a time and pace to suit

Structure of Qualifications

Candidates are required to complete the common mandatory assessment routes, followed by the required number of assessment routes from their choice of pathway.

The pathways may have a further number of mandatory assessment routes, followed by a number of optional assessment routes from a provided selection.

Mandatory Assessment Routes

The candidate is required to complete all five mandatory assessment routes plus one optional assessment route, which may come from Level 2 Quality Improvement pathway.



Mandatory Assessment Routes



EAL Assessment

Route Code



QCA Code

BIR/201

Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements

A/103/9390

BIR/202

Contributing  to effective team working

F/103/9391

BIR/204

Applying workplace organisation techniques

J/103/9392

BIR/205

Applying continuous improvement techniques (Kaizen)

L/103/9393

BIR/209

Creating visual management systems

R/103/9394









Optional Assessment Routes





BIR/207

Analysing and selecting parts for improvements

Y/103/9395

BIR/208

Carrying out lead time analysis

D/103/9396

BIR/211

Applying set-up reduction techniques

H/103/9397

BIR/212

Applying Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

K/103/9397

BIR/213

Applying problem solving techniques

M/103/9399

BIR/214

Carrying out Statistical Process Control procedures (SPC)

Y/103/9400

BIR/215

Applying flow process analysis

D/103/9401

BIR/221

Carrying out potential Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

H/103/9402

BIR/224

Carrying out Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

K/103/9404

BIR/229

Carrying out mistake/error proofing (Poka Yoke)

M/103/9404

BIR/236

Creating standard operating procedures

T/103/9405






PMO Information