The Diploma in Lean Fundamentals is a one year Level 7 programme (special purpose award) developed to meet specified industry needs. It is aimed at operative, associate, or administrative level employees requiring knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of lean.
This Diploma is a practitioner programme, with participants having diverse backgrounds and experiences and coming from a variety of organisations and sectors. Such diversity enriches the overall education and learning experience for each participant. The innovative use of work-based learning and an employer-based continuous improvement project enables practical application of learning and skills acquired on the programme.
The programme is flexibly-delivered across three semesters, with the Applied Lean Organisation Project (ALOP) comprising 30 of the overall 60 Credits. The ALOP runs throughout the year and is an employer-based continuous improvement project enabling participants apply their lean knowledge and skills to a work-related "problem".
This practical approach and engaging use of work-based learning ensures that the learning acquired on the programme is realised and applied in real-time, providing concrete benefits to participants and their employer organisations.
Applications are invited from candidates on a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) basis wherein a candidate’s accredited (formal education) and/or unaccredited (work experience) will be considered when assessing applications. In addition to meeting the minimum entry requirements, applicants:
•Must be nominated for the programme by their employers
•Must have a continuous improvement project from their employers to work on for the year
•Must have their employers assign them with an industry mentor for the year