Diploma in Lean Fundamentals (Diploma in Lean Fundamentals)

South East Technological University (WD_BLEAN_SP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Special Purpose Award - Diploma in Lean Fundamentals

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Business

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

Phone

051 834137

Address

LORRAINE QUIRKE
SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Role

Springboard Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

11/07/2022

Start Date

12/09/2022

End Date

25/08/2023

About this Course

Irelands National Skills Strategy 2025 recognises that increasing pressure on resources require the development of core business, engineering, innovation and ICT skills with additional expertise acquired through specialisms including an manufacturing. This Diploma in Lean Fundamentals is a one-year Level 7 programme providing participants from diverse backgrounds with the requisite knowledge, know-how, and skills, in Lean thinking, tools and techniques to become recognised Lean practitioners. It is aimed at individuals seeking educational and professional development in Lean and provides an ideal pathway to develop competencies in the fundamentals of Lean practice.

This programme was developed as part of a portfolio of Lean Enterprise Excellence programmes in response to the unmet needs of both national and regional industry. The National Skills Bulletin (October 2021, p.111) mentions vacancies that were difficult-to-fill in the Recruitment Agency Survey related to process (including lean six sigma), manufacturing, quality, regulatory and design engineers. These roles were also cited as difficult-to-fill by employers in the Skills for Growth data, with mentions across a range of sectors (e.g. food processing, professional services). According to the South-Eastern Regional Skills Forum (December 2021), skills needs in the areas of lean manufacturing and process improvement continue to be identified in many sectors in the region including the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. The programme has proven to be popular across many sectors. Students in previous years were employed in the manufacturing; construction; financial services; contact centre; hospitality; healthcare; food processing; and public sectors (including the Health Service Executive and the Garda Sa­ochana).

The programme was strategically developed in collaboration with industry subject matter experts and organisational exemplars to meet these specified industry needs and to provide participants with the required knowledge, know-how and skills to enable them to contribute to an organisations operational excellence and continuous improvement strategies. Indeed, the programme has been endorsed by organisations including Dawn Meats, who believe that the programme offers participants opportunity to develop skills in core areas that are currently in short supply in the food manufacturing industry. Similarly, Pat Logan, OpEx Site Leader at TEVA Pharmaceuticals considers the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals to be an effective means of building Lean capability and creating a lean mind-set and way of working.

The programme is aimed at operative, associate, and administrative level employees requiring knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Lean. The innovative use of work-based learning and an organisation-based improvement project enables live and practical application and integration of knowledge, know-how, and skills acquired on the programme.

The programme is completed over a twelve-month period and is fully delivered online in an asynchronous e-learning format. The first nine months incorporate learning across eight modules; six of which are designed to deliver learning on lean and process excellence, with another two modules applying this learning alongside project management skills on an organisation-based continuous improvement project. For the final three months, students complete and deliver their applied organisation-based continuous improvement project with the intention of delivering tangible benefits to an organisation, including improved processes.

Course Modules

Semester 1
• Lean Philosophy
• Lean Principles
• Lean Operations
• Applied Lean Organisation Project 1

Semester 2
• Lean Coaching
• Lean Communications
• Creativity and Problem Solving
• Applied Lean Organisation Project 2

Semester 3
• Applied Lean Organisation Project 3

Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

I. Applicants should have a minimum Level 6 qualification (120 credits), in any discipline, along with a
minimum of 1 years relevant industry experience; or, applicants who do not hold a Level 6
qualification may be considered on the basis of a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
application to a Level 6 standard or equivalent provided they have a minimum of 1 years
relevant industry experience.

II. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit evidence of competency
in English, please see: www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

Long Description

Irelandâs National Skills Strategy 2025 recognises that increasing pressure on resources require the development of core business, engineering, innovation and ICT skills with additional expertise acquired through specialisms including lean manufacturing. This Diploma in Lean Fundamentals is a one-year Level 7 programme providing participants from diverse backgrounds with the requisite knowledge, know-how, and skills, in Lean thinking, tools and techniques to become recognised Lean practitioners. It is aimed at individuals seeking educational and professional development in Lean and provides an ideal pathway to develop competencies in the fundamentals of Lean practice.

This programme was developed as part of a portfolio of Lean Enterprise Excellence programmes in response to the unmet needs of both national and regional industry. The National Skills Bulletin (October 2021, p.111) mentions vacancies that were difficult-to-fill in the Recruitment Agency Survey related to process (including lean six sigma), manufacturing, quality, regulatory and design engineers. These roles were also cited as difficult-to-fill by employers in the Skills for Growth data, with mentions across a range of sectors (e.g. food processing, professional services). According to the South-Eastern Regional Skills Forum (December 2021), skills needs in the areas of lean manufacturing and process improvement continue to be identified in many sectors in the region including the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. The programme has proven to be popular across many sectors. Students in previous years were employed in the manufacturing; construction; financial services; contact centre; hospitality; healthcare; food processing; and public sectors (including the Health Service Executive and the Garda SíochanÃ).

The programme was strategically developed in collaboration with industry subject matter experts and organisational exemplars to meet these specified industry needs and to provide participants with the required knowledge, know-how and skills to enable them to contribute to an organisations operational excellence and continuous improvement strategies. Indeed, the programme has been endorsed by organisations including Dawn Meats, who believe that the programme offers participants opportunity to develop skills in core areas that are currently in short supply in the food manufacturing industry. Similarly, Pat Logan, OpEx Site Leader at TEVA Pharmaceuticals considers the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals to be an effective means of building Lean capability and creating a lean mind-set and way of working.

The programme is aimed at operative, associate, and administrative level employees requiring knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Lean. The innovative use of work-based learning and an organisation-based improvement project enables live and practical application and integration of knowledge, know-how, and skills acquired on the programme.

The programme is completed over a twelve-month period and is fully delivered online in an asynchronous e-learning format. The first nine months incorporate learning across eight modules; six of which are designed to deliver learning on lean and process excellence, with another two modules applying this learning alongside project management skills on an organisation-based continuous improvement project. For the final three months, students complete and deliver their applied organisation-based continuous improvement project with the intention of delivering tangible benefits to an organisation, including improved processes.

Timetable Info

The indicative delivery model for the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals for 2022/23 is that the course will be delivered on-line through
E-learning, over 3 semesters (1academic year).
Module content will be released online on Mondays and Fridays. Content is primarily delivered via asynchronous recorded lectures and
learning material that students access online, flexibly at a time that suits their busy schedules.
Periodic synchronous online sessions are held facilitating student engagement with the academic team. There are typically 2-3
synchronous online tutorial sessions held each month during semesters 1 and 2 (12 weeks per semester). When scheduled these tutorials
usually occur on Friday afternoons from 13.00-14.00, extending beyond 14.00 if required by students.
All of the assessments is via continuous assessment students will not be required to come on-site for examinations .
Approximately 15 hours commitment per week is required.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

Online
The indicative delivery model for the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals for 2022/23 is that the course will be delivered on-line through
E-learning, over 3 semesters (1academic year).
Module content will be released online on Mondays and Fridays. Content is primarily delivered via asynchronous recorded lectures and
learning material that students access online, flexibly at a time that suits their busy schedules.
Periodic synchronous online sessions are held facilitating student engagement with the academic team. There are typically 2-3
synchronous online tutorial sessions held each month during semesters 1 and 2 (12 weeks per semester). When scheduled these tutorials
usually occur on Friday afternoons from 13.00-14.00, extending beyond 14.00 if required by students.
All of the assessments is via continuous assessment students will not be required to come on-site for examinations .
Approximately 15 hours commitment per week is required.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

LORRAINE QUIRKE
SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

(TEL) 051-834137 | (EMAIL) LORRAINE.QUIRKE@SETU.IE

Phone

051 834137

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning - SETU Waterford Campus | formerly Waterford Institute of Technology (wit.ie)

Application Procedures

Apply via www.springboardcourses.ie . It is important that you support your application with the following required electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents :

1. An up-to-date CV.

2. Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification, parchments or a transcript of the results showing the results you achieved in each module.

3. Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection payment will be required to provide evidence of this payment (Pay slip or letter ).


• Returners: will be required to provide a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner of Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Employed candidates: are required to provide proof or employment . This can include a recent copy of the following : a pay slip, letter or statement from revenue demonstrating your current employment .

• Self - Employed : a recent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self - employment status.

4. Proof of Identification , a copy of your passport or driving license.

5. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WITs English Language Requirements please see: www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

* To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:
1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
• You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
• You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
• You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
• You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
• You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
• You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
• If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
• If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection

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