Ten students from the Royal Air Force and our Company recently completed the tenth Six Sigma Yellow Belt course at RAF Coningsby.
About Six Sigma
Six Sigma is a world-class, process improvement and problem solving methodology. The Six Sigma certification uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within an organisation who are experts in them. There are three levels of Six Sigma training - yellow belt, green belt and black belt.
Satisfying customer requirements
The six day yellow belt course consists of classroom theory and practical exercises which teach the students how to use the tools for data-driven decision making to satisfy customer requirements through root cause identification and elimination. It uses a five stage process to define, measure, analyse, improve and control the quality of a process output.
Becoming a practitioner
Now the students have completed the training, they’ll each complete a project under the supervision and coaching of the Continuous Improvement trainers prior to receiving their practitioner’s certificate and pin badge. Once awarded practitioner status they can undertake business improvement projects assigned to them, with support from the green and black belt practitioners.
Deliver on commitments
As we’re now in the business of delivering to our customer at a reduced cost, the elimination of process variation to eliminate waste must be an aim for everyone. Six Sigma is one of the toolsets that delivers effective and measurable improvements to the customers' exacting requirements.
With 15 yellow belt, six green belt and two black belt practitioners in the business, we definitely have the know-how to ensure we keep delivering to our customers.
Keith Cocksey, Head of Transformation for UK Availability said: “The Six Sigma course is a world recognised course, so it’s fantastic that we have so many practitioners within our business. The next step is to ensure those who have had the training go on to achieve practitioner status.”