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The benefits of implementing Continuous Improvement strategies (CI) are crucial for bringing efficiency and innovation to all public services.

CI is an approach in which all staff seek out, support and implement changes to provide better services and improve cost-effectiveness.

This interactive course will explain how applying CI’s tools and techniques can help to focus activity, people and resources on serving customers, eradicating waste, and improving organisational efficiencies.

Led by experienced management consultant, Jonathan Bottomer, this one-day course will allow your organisation to gain and implement CI skills, including Lean thinking, Kaizen, Six Sigma to achieve long-term improvements in your organisation.

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Jonathan Bottomer
Management Consultant

Jonathan is a Certified Management Consultant and a member of the Institute of Business Consulting (an organisation within the Chartered Management Institute), the professional body for Business Consultants. He currently works as a Consultant at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Jonathan specialises in helping local authorities (and DWP’s Agencies) improve their effectiveness and efficiency of the administration of Social Security Benefits.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how Continuous Improvement (CI) can benefit your organisation and colleagues
  • Learn effective tools and techniques in how to implement CI in your organisation
  • Recognise best practice from previous public sector implementation
  • Understand key CI concepts , such as Kaizen, Takt Time, and the 7 Wastes
  • Ensure your organisation’s long-term improvements are met
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

De-Mystifying Continuous Improvement

This session will be a mixture of tutor led presentations on the theory of Continuous Improvement combined with interactive exercises covering:

  • What is Continuous Improvement?
  • Origins of Continuous Improvement
  • Continuous Improvement rumours and myths
10:30 - 11:15

Developing a Culture of Continuous Improvement

  • Understand how Continuous Improvement can benefit your organisation
  • Learn from case studies how to eliminate waste and reduce delays
  • Get things right first time to enhance quality and lower costs
  • Empower staff and motivate them to sustain results
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 13:00

Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques

Through a series of tutor led presentations and interactive exercises this session will explore key areas of the theory of Continuous Improvement. In particular focusing on these learning areas:

  • Kaizen
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • Organisational culture
  • The emotional cycle of change and managing resistance to change
  • Sustain and scale-up
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Implementing Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques

Through a series of interactive exercises this session will allow successful implementation of a CI Toolkit within your organisation.

Waste and Value

  • The 7 Wastes
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • No errors forward

Customer focussed improvements

  • Voice of the Customer
  • One piece flow:
    • Just in time
    • Pull Systems
    • Takt Time
    • Standardised work
    • Problem solving

Visual Management

  • Information Centres
  • 5S
  • Master Schedules
  • RACI
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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