Improvement Apprenticeships at Capella

Improvement Apprenticeships at Capella include all the Improvement Apprenticeship standards from Level 3 to Level 6. We were part of the trailblazer group that developed these standards and were one of the first training providers to launch these programmes, so we understand them really well. Capella were also recognised for our ‘Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships’ for our work as part of the trailblazer group and winner of the Chartered Quality Institute’s ‘Organisation of the Year’ in 2020. 

One of the great things about our Improvement apprenticeships is that they’re dual certified and include not only a certificate from the Institute for Apprenticeships, but also a Lean Six Sigma certificate at the relevant level as follows:

Level 3  Improvement Technician (Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt)

Level 4 Improvement Practitioner (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt)

Level 5 Improvement Specialist (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt)

Level 6 Improvement Leader (Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt)


How much will the programme cost?

Apprenticeship training is funded through the apprenticeship levy. If you’re working for a large employer with a pay bill of more than £3M per annum they must pay 0.5% of their pay bill into the levy each year. This then gives them access to 100% levy funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

For smaller, non-levy employers the Government co-invests in your training to ensure that you also have access to funding, meaning you can still use apprenticeships to train your workforce.

If you work for an employer who doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy the cost of the programme would be funded by:

Recruiting an Apprentice

If you’re recruiting a new apprentice there are a number of Government incentives.

Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1st April 2021 to 30 September 2021. This incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

Further details on Incentive Payments for hiring a new apprentice can be found here


When would I have to pay?

As the Employer you would pay the training provider the 5% contribution to the cost of the programme directly, over the lifetime of the apprenticeship training (as a minimum the payment would be spread over 12 months).


What do I need to do to access this Apprenticeship training?

From April 2021 all employers must use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship training.

If an employer doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy:

In the financial year 2021 to 2022 each employer who does not pay the levy can make up to 10 new reservations to fund new starts.

You will need to know:


What does the funding cover?


If you want to find out more about any of our Improvement or Quality apprenticeships please contact us. We hold online information sessions twice a week. You can book onto one of these sessions by contacting  



  • Capella have provided a superbly structured programme, and have proven to be entirely supportive of delegates in completing their apprenticeship with confidence. Key to this has been the instructor’s knowledge of the subject matter, allowing him to apply the theory to a variety of scenarios in the delegates’ work. We have appreciated the instructor being approachable, flexible and understanding of the challenges of extra-curricula activity for people with busy jobs. All staff that we’ve engaged with at Capella have been professional, welcoming and clear in their communication.

    Mark Robbins, Retail and Pension Operations Training and Communications, Fidelity International

  • Capella’s focus on developing long-term relationships and their continual search for innovative approaches to upskilling has enabled Toyota and many other employers to learn and apply best practice Problem Solving tools which deliver great outcomes for all. In our experience, no other training provider has taken such a lead role in the development of sector wide initiatives such as the Automotive Industrial Partnership and development of the ‘improvement suite’ of Apprenticeship standards. Capella constantly seeks innovative opportunities to deliver an excellent service to the learner and to the business.

    Paul Fitzpatrick | Senior Manager | Toyota UK

  • We have found Capella really professional and flexible and their passion for delivering high quality training is a culture we have in common between us and has made working with them highly beneficial. Their knowledge of the automotive sector in particular has also been very useful and has simplified working together to create a really excellent training programme. In addition, they have managed to modify their usual commercial programmes in line with government approved apprenticeship standards, which has enabled us to utilise our Apprenticeship Levy to fund the training.

    Chris Bauman | Group Managing Director

  • Capella are delivering the Business Improvement L4 programme to a cohort of 12 staff at our Barnard Castle site. We chose Capella after a series of meeting with Kate and her team and from day 1 we have been impressed with the professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of the team. The staff have really thrived on the learning schedule and through working with the programme tutors and we have had nothing but positive feedback. Internal changes on site have impacted on the programme delivery, which Capella took this in their stride, adapting delivery timelines, providing support and working with those facing change has added another dimension to the relationship that has been developed between the site and Capella. While still in delivery mode GSK already believes that the programme has been a success for all involved and we look forward to its completion and sharing that success within the organisation.

    Tim Buchanan | Apprenticeship Vendor Manager | Talent, Leadership and Organisation Development- Centre of Excellence

  • Capella worked closely with Wilko to deeply understand our needs at a strategic and operational level, helping us to jointly explore a range of options to meet these needs. Capella have an experienced team of Lean Six Sigma experts. Their programme design, management expertise and resources are second to none. Wilko have been allocated a dedicated Account Manager which helps us ensure the learner is always front of mind. Capella’s programmes have developed the knowledge, skills and drive of our Wilko delegates to seek and implement improvements in every process, constantly reducing costs, waste and inefficiencies. Capella also enabled Wilko’s leadership of continuous improvement to be showcased through the publication of an extensive article for the Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine.

    Teresa Ward, Wilko Talent Programme Manager, Wilko

  • I would sincerely like to thank you again and the fabulous team at Capella for the dedication shown in achieving the Black Belt qualification. It is such a pleasure to work so closely with passionate professional people and I hope our partnership continues to grow especially with the role out of the new standards.

    Richard Bates, Managing Director, Qualitrain

  • "Capella are a company that keep to their word, they have supported me fully during and even after my projects have been completed. The coaching team are always on hand to help with any issues and often put themselves out to ensure support is available. Highly recommend anyone looking to progress their career to take a look at Capella."

    Chris Woodcock, Jaguar Land Rover