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Subsidised Six Sigma Courses for SMEs in Solent area

Fedden USP : 26 August, 2014  (Company News)
Hampshire-based Lean business specialists Fedden USP has been awarded European Social Funding to deliver Six Sigma Workshops to SMEs in the UK's Solent area. This funding will be available until July 2015 and enables courses to be delivered that are heavily subsidised for eligible companies.

Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimising variability in manufacturing and business processes. 

Courses will be delivered by Fedden USP and MIT Skills in partnership with Chichester College, Skills Funding Agency and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. With the funding available, subsidised courses can be delivered to employers provided the company is an SME with less than 250 employees, the candidate is aged 19+ and has no prior attainment at NVQ Level 2.

As Neil Fedden, Principal Consultant at Fedden USP explains: “The Six Sigma Methodology is the ideal tool to review your systems and procedures to identify and eliminate defects that have worked their way into the business.  It can deliver real and sustainable business benefits in terms of process capability and defect reduction and can result in business savings of £30,000p.a.”

The training course starts with a three-day Six Sigma Workshop, followed by three days’ hands-on support to deliver a work-based assignment spread over 14 weeks.  The trainee will receive three mentoring visits during this time by a Six Sigma Consultant. The timing of the assignment can be altered to suit the timescales required by a company. What’s more the course helps the candidates gain a nationally recognised qualification – Certificate in Business Improvement Techniques (Six Sigma Yellow Belt) Level 2 qualification.

The course can be run in-company providing there is a minimum of 10 candidates. For companies who cannot commit to these numbers, Fedden USP will be holding the first of a series of open courses in Fareham on 2nd, 9th and 16thOctober.

The term Six Sigma originated from terminology associated with manufacturing, specifically terms associated with statistical modelling of manufacturing processes. The maturity of a manufacturing process can be described by a sigma rating indicating its yield or the percentage of defect-free products it creates. Motorola set a goal of "six sigma" for all of its manufacturing operations, and this goal became a by-word for the management and engineering practices used to achieve it.


tel: Neil Fedden on 07899 971183 / 01489 611603

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