Want a Career in Quality?

If you want a career in Quality Capella will be launching their third cohort of the Level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship in February 2022. Capella were part of the Employer Development Group for the Quality apprenticeship standard. This Trailblazer group also included BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, Fuji Film, Intertek, The Ministry of Defence, Wincanton, and the Chartered Quality Institute.

Aimed at those who work in Quality. This apprenticeship can be used to develop existing staff or to train a new recruit. This programme is designed to build capability to deploy best-in-class Quality practices. Enabling fulfilment of contractual and regulatory requirements and continuous improvement in customer/stakeholder satisfaction.

Example job roles include:
Project Quality Engineer, Quality Assurance Officer, Quality Engineer, Quality Officer, Quality Engineer.

The content of the programme is delivered over 14 months followed by an end point assessment.

There are 4 main elements to the apprenticeship:

1. Quality Assurance

2. Quality Planning

3. Quality Control

4. Continuous Improvement


The Key Areas include the following Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours:

▪ Support development and deployment of Quality strategy and policy
▪ Support formulation of activities that fully deliver customer/stakeholder requirements
▪ Contribute to Quality risk management as part of new products/services development
▪ Plan and conduct audits and other assurance activities
▪ Develop and deploy Quality control plans
▪ Solve Quality problems and improve Quality performance
▪ Conduct robust data collection and analysis to support governance, assurance and improvement activities
▪ Guide and support others across the organisation to improve end-to-end quality performance


The training is delivered over the equivalent of 16 days, with an additional 8 coaching sessions on a 1 to 1 with the tutor. Training is delivered by the tutor remotely as bite sized learning sessions each week. The learning is interactive with break out sessions and activities, including quizzes and exercises.

Delegates join open cohorts where employers can enrol as few as 1 learner, or many learners. The open cohorts also enable learners to benefit from external networking opportunities and share best practice.

Next steps

So if you want a career in Quality contact us to find out more, or book on one of our information sessions which are held twice a week.


  • 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