Outstanding Achievement Award 2020

Capella were winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award 2020 for our contribution to the development of the new Quality Practitioner apprenticeship standard. The Chartered Quality Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2020 was jointly presented to members of the Trailblazer group. Trailblazer groups are made up of employers that represent the occupation and who currently work in, or have experience of the sector, and intend to employ apprentices in it.

The Quality Practitioner Employer Development Group was led by BAE Systems and Fuji Film, and was supported by Capella and Quantum Awards who were also involved in writing the occupational and End-Point Assessment Plan. The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) then approve the standard and sign it off ready for delivery. As part of the Trailblazer group Capella are also responsible for promoting this apprenticeship to potential users. This includes sharing learner stories and successes.

A large cross-sector consultation group were also involved, and helped to create an industry-agnostic standard for building new and increased capability in the Quality profession.  It was great working with this group of esteemed colleagues and collaborating on this really important project.

The L4 is a higher apprenticeship equivalent to a foundation degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC), or the first year of an undergraduate degree. Find out more at Quality practitioner / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Capella will launch a first open cohort of Quality Practitioners in Q1-2021 with further cohorts planned for October 2021 and January 2022.   Open cohorts give employers the flexibility to enrol as few as 1 to many learners onto the L4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship. It also provides a great external networking opportunity to share learning and best practice with others.

If you’re interested in the L4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship or any of our other apprenticeship programmes please contact sales@capellaassociates for more details. We hold information sessions twice a week where you can find out more about the content of these programmes and how they’re delivered.


  • 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