Lean training standards

Lean training standards

In collaboration with the Construction Industry Training Board, LCI-UK has developed a range of short-course Lean training standards that can be delivered by approved training organisations (ATOs). 

The standards listed below are currently available for use by ATOs who have been approved by CITB and LCI-UK to deliver Lean construction training. You will find these standards on CITB’s website here.

If you are interested in delivering these modules, please contact LCI-UK in the first instance.

In addition, a set of eight e-learning modules is available for learners to access on the Lean Construction School learning portal (free log-in required). Completion of six of these modules represents achievement of the Lean construction e-learning bundle (CITB standard GET0681).

Lean Construction Module 1: Introduction to Lean (GET0682)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic principles Lean, gained from a simulation exercise
  • Outline key principles of Lean and Lean-based process improvement
  • List examples of Lean tools
  • Describe how Lean process improvement could be applied to their existing business processes
  • Capture initial ideas for potential improvement projects.

Lean Construction Module 2: Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement (GET0683)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Apply a structured approach to identifying and describing a problem in their work area
  • Carry out root cause analysis to identify the reason(s) why the problem occurs
  • Apply problem-solving tools to formulate ideas to address the problem
  • Draw up an action plan to further investigate and resolve the problem.

Lean Construction Module 3: 5S Workplace Organisation (GET0684)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe how 5S can contribute to improving performance on construction sites
  • Carry out a 5S audit of a work area to identify areas for improvement
  • Brainstorm ideas on how to improve their workplace organisation
  • Develop an action plan to address issues identified during the 5S audit.

Lean Construction Module Lean Construction Module 4: Lean Construction and Waste (GET0685)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Undertake a site walk to identify different forms of waste in their workplace
  • Categorise the wastes and brainstorm actions to eliminate or reduce them
  • Develop an action plan to implement improvements.

Lean Construction Module 5: Visual Management (GET0686)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify where visual management could be applied in their workplace
  • Brainstorm ideas for which visual management techniques and tools are suitable for their site
  • Develop an action plan for implementing visual management.

Lean Construction Module 6: Standardised Work (GET0687)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the tools used for standardising work processes
  • Identify a process suitable for standardisation
  • Put in place an action plan to implement standardised work.

Lean Construction Module 7: Collaborative Planning (GET0688)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe what collaborative planning is and how it works
  • Outline how collaborative planning can add value and benefit on construction projects
  • Develop a collaborative plan for their project for the coming weeks, to be used in weekly production control meetings.

Lean Construction Module 8: Value Stream Mapping (GET0689)

On completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Develop a current state value stream map of a simple process
  • Undertake a mapping exercise to identify areas of waste and a future state value stream map
  • Develop an action plan on how to enhance value-adding steps, and reduce essential non-value adding as well as non-value adding steps (waste).

Lean Construction Train the Facilitator Programme (GET0690)

Train the Trainer 1

On completion of this part of the training participants will be able to:

  • Identify and select opportunities for Lean improvement
  • Engage key stakeholders and communicate the benefits of Lean to make it happen
  • Organise the practicalities of what needs to be done logistically – getting permissions for access and arranging site walks.

Train the Trainer 2

On completion of this part of the training participants will be able to:

  • Improve their presentation skills as well communications, listening and questioning skills
  • Encourage participation and engagement from others for the implementation of an improvement project
  • Deal with difficult team members, keeping it positive.

Train the Trainer 3

On completion of this part of the training participants will be able to:

  • Set meaningful, SMART metrics, KPIs and targets for an improvement project
  • Set realistic expectations for an improvement project
  • Impart knowledge and enthuse others, following up with coaching as appropriate
  • Gather, assess and communicate lessons learnt.