Assignment: Developing a self sufficient Lean Sigma Capability
Sellafield Ltd: Developing a Self Sufficient Lean Sigma Capability
Our clients business is the management and reprocessing of nuclear fuel and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. They required assistance designing and delivering a training programme that would enable the business and it’s supply base to deliver improved processes at a rapid pace with self-sufficiency. There was a clear requirement to enable a change in attitude from ‘why we can’t’ to ‘why cant we’.
By closely working with the client a training programme was designed and material jointly developed for basic (Yellow Belt), intermediate (Green Belt) and more advanced (Black Belt) training with a view to tackling both simple through to complex problems using appropriate tools and personnel. Each belt was supported within their Business Unit by a client improvement expert and reviews were held with the Bourton Master Black Belt. The close marrying of client and Bourton expertise enabled efficient skills transfer and the rapid progression of projects to completion and then on to accreditation via the Bourton process.
Over the 2 year period £5m has been saved. Belts have been certified at all levels of expertise, across a wide range of Operating and Support units. Many projects have focussed on the supply chain and produced the added benefit of a ‘capable’ supply base able to produce and share savings achieved by removing waste. The company is well on the way to being able to ‘grow’ and develop it’s own personnel into the Improvement Practitioners of tomorrow with little expenditure on external help.