Lean Six Sigma is applied in many companies and different lines of business around the world. Many people have been trained in the methodology and are called ‘Green Belt’ or ‘Black Belt’.
The LSSA project has three objectives :
- Bridge gap between Initial VET and SME
- Bridge gap Initial VET and Higher Education
- Uniform Lean Six Sigma European certification (YB, GB, BB)
Obj. 1 – Bridge gap between Initial VET and SME
Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools are not part of Initial VET although it is practiced in many companies. Currently employees from the work floor do not talk the same language and do not apply the same methodology in process improvement activities as Lean Six Sigma trained engineers. This will be addressed by defining a curriculum for Initial VET in a minor construction. This level is called Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. It will teach the most important tools and the overall process improvement methodology. Yellow Belt training at Initial VET will meet the labor market needs of SME companies for working on quality and process improvement.
Obj. 2 – Bridge gap Initial VET and Higher Education
Now, training is mostly done at an engineering level. This is called 'Green Belt' or 'Black Belt' level. People at the work floor are not trained in Lean Six Sigma and do therefore not speak the 'language' of the process improvement process. The objective is to develop a specific training for Initial VET. This will be called 'Yellow Belt level'. By developing training of the same methodology and tools as the Green Belt and Black Belt, a bridge will be made between Initial VET and Higher education. The difference will be made by selecting the amount and depth of tools. However, the methodology and vocabulary will be the same.
Obj. 3 – Six Sigma European certification
Although there are many companies worldwide that train individuals in Lean and Six Sigma, there is no global standard. In the US most companies are referring to the ASQ standards. In Europe there is no such like. As a consequence the Belt-levels can mean many things. The objective is to develop one European standard that clearly describes the skill set and expertise for each of the three Belt-levels.