Autumn Masterclasses

A series of short courses to deepen your continuous improvement skills

Are you a Lean, Lean Six Sigma or Continuous Improvement Practitioner?

Has it been a while since you did your training?

Is Continuing Professional Development important to you?

Do you want to renew your BQF Licence of Current Practice?

Short courses to refresh and top-up your CI skills.

We are running these one and two-day “Friday” short courses this autumn in our easily-accessed London open training venue. They can also be delivered in-house on your premises.

Our specialist trainers will share their hands-on expertise and deep insights to enable your proficiency in the use of these essential skills. As always, you are encouraged to ask your trainer for advice following the training. If you would like more formal coaching support in these techniques, of course we would be happy to arrange that too!

The courses run 9am-4pm on Fridays (and Thursdays for 2 day courses). A lively end-of-week experience with drinks and nibbles afterwards for any of you wishing to reflect on the day’s learning experience with your fellow CI practitioners.

Practical 5S

Whether you’ve never tried it before or you have tried it and learned that it’s not quite as easy as it looks, this workshop will give you the practical knowledge to make 5S successful.

Who should attend: Managers, supervisors/team leaders, continuous improvement practitioners

Days: 1

CPD Points: 8

Price: £345

Date: 3rd November

About the trainer

Mark Jones is a highly experienced Lean Expert who has real experience of implementing and training the 5S technique across a wide variety of organisations.

Process Data Skills using Excel

This course teaches the principles and practice of using process data properly but without the need for serious statistics or special statistics software. The course teaches how to use Excel to generate simple graphs (with a little help from the SPC Plus software which is included in the price) to turn data into useful information which enables data-driven decision making in the workplace. It will build your capability and confidence in this area.

Who should attend: Green and Yellow Belts, Lean Practitioners, Operational Managers, Business Analysis’s. You probably work in a transactional environment or in a transactional role. If you have a technical or engineering role, it is more likely that you will required Advanced Green Belt or Black Belt training using statistics software such as Minitab.

Days: 2

CPD Points: 16

Price: £690

Date: 23rd -24th November

About the trainer


Moore Allison is an expert trainer and practitioner in the areas of measuring process performance and process data analysis. He is an advocate of using data more widely in operations and improvement projects but also of the KISS philosophy – Keep it Simple Statistically!

Lean Presentations

This innovative course applies Lean Thinking to the specific challenge of making a business presentation – the principles of waste, value and flow certainly apply to creating and delivering this product to the customer!

Who should attend: Black, Green and Yellow Belts, Lean Practitioners, any Improvement Practitioner, Project Managers

Days: 1

CPD Points: 8

Price: £345

Date: 17th November

About the trainer


Alan Sarsby has many years’ experience as a management trainer in blue-chip organisations. He is an expert in project management including the many associated tools which of-course, include the ability to influence and update stakeholders through effective presentation techniques.

Value Stream Mapping


This is a comprehensive course covering VSM from the construction of the Current State Map through to the achievement of the Future State. A broad suite of associated Lean techniques are taught along with the practicalities of facilitating VSM workshops in your organisation.

Who should attend: Green and Black Belts, Lean Practitioners, Process Owners

Days: 2

CPD Points: 16

Price: £690

Date: 26th – 27th October

About the trainer

ChrisChris Merriman has many years’ experience in both applying and teaching Value Stream Mapping and Lean Thinking in the workplace. Chris will not only teach you to how to use these tools but also the factors behind making them successful.

Facilitating Improvement Workshops

This is a hands-on course to help you approach improvement workshops with confidence and to make them enjoyable and effective.  It covers all the facilitator needs to know and do from defining objectives through to post-workshop actions and there will be lots of opportunity to practise and get feedback in a safe environment.

Who should attend: Black, Green and Yellow Belts, Lean Practitioners, any Continuous Improvement practitioner

Days: 1

CPD Points: 8

Price: £345

Date: 10th November

About the trainer


Mark Jones: As a professional Lean Six Sigma consultant, facilitating improvement workshops across Catalyst’s diverse customer network is a day-to-day activity for Mark. He also trains and coaches others to improve their ability and effectiveness.

Root Cause Analysis

This course provides a systematic approach to root cause analysis along with a set of simple tools which will help teams and managers overcome the urge to jump to solutions.

Who should attend: This training is suitable for managers, process owners and anyone who has responsibility for process performance. It would be a useful refresher for Yellow and Breen Belts.

Days: 1

CPD Points: 8

Price: £345

Date: 20th October

About the trainer

Helen SmithHelen Smith is a highly experienced Lean Six Sigma consultant and trainer. Process root cause analysis is one of her core skills which she is called upon to carry out for our clients on a frequent basis. She delivers this course regularly and provides follow-up coaching support for the delegates.

Calendar of Events

Fri 20

Root Cause Analysis – Short Course

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 26

Value Stream Mapping – Short Course

October 26 @ 9:00 am - October 27 @ 4:00 pm
Nov 03

Practical 5S – Short Course

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov 10

Facilitating Improvement Workshops – Short Course

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov 17

Lean Presentations – Short Course

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov 23

Process Data Skills – Short Course

November 23 @ 9:00 am - November 24 @ 4:00 pm

Booking Discount

We can offer a 15% discount if you book all 6 of the courses together. Different delegates can attend each course.


If you would like to book all 6 courses and receive a discounted price, please click here.