The Business Improvement Academy is a new innovative approach designed to support ambitious and growing businesses that recognise the need to engage with the concept of sustainable continuous improvement by combining tools and techniques with cultural and behavioural change.
Benefit to companies
Participants of the Academy will become cultural enablers for their business, capable of delivering sustainable improvement through developing employee engagement and embedding supporting behaviours.
The guiding principles of the Academy are:
Continuous Improvement combined with Behavioural Change – tailored to participant’s own business improvement project
Uses Active Learning Techniques – supported by experienced practitioners
Focuses on Sustainable Change – embedding the learning to deliver future business benefits
Leadership Excellence – practical improvement and embedding of leadership skills
Business Excellence – improving the competitiveness of business
Engagement – encouraging continuous improvement through engaging with others
Why should you participate?
You have the ambition to drive significant improvements forward (process and behavioural) within your business. However, the rate of change is slower than anticipated; the appetite for change isn’t quite what it should be and any process changes achieved may have been short lived. There is also an expectation that any changes won’t be fully supported, with a consequential migration back to previous practices.
Who should participate?
The Academy works with both the leaders in the business and those who have responsibility for enabling change in the business and are keen to secure a higher level of ownership and engagement from their colleagues
Those who wish to clearly understand and better appreciate their own respective roles in the change process
Please Note that the sponsoring business leaders will be required to attend Day 1 (21/01/20) in order to fully understand their role in supporting their delegates back in the workplace as they implement change and the afternoon of the final day when the delegates present their improvement projects.
The Academy is open to applications from businesses with aspirations for growth, and programme details and commitment are shown overleaf. The cost is £450 (excluding VAT) per delegate paid in advance and the Academy will be held in Lerwick
The Academy Approach
The academy requires a commitment of one day per week for the first 6 weeks for all delegates, this includes group-based learning as well as a visit to a best practice company. Thereafter the support is flexible as the practitioner support comes to you, onsite in your business on a day and time that suits you. The learning across the wider group is then shared as everyone comes back together to learn from each other.
The Academy dates are:
Day 1 - 21st January
Day 2 - 22nd January
Day 3 - 4th February
Day 4 - 11th February
Day 5 - 18th February
Day 6 - 25th February
Day 7 - 3rd March
Day 10 - 28th April
Previous participants of the Academy said:
“I joined the BIA to learn more about lean processes and how to engage my staff in change. It achieved both of those objectives. The academy was well structured and well presented and the project work was extremely beneficial.” Ian Burr, Operations Manager, Nessgro Ltd.
“The academy reinforced the areas that I knew I was competent at, while highlighting the areas I needed to work on. People engagement is one of the biggest challenges in our businesses and this course has given the tools to change.” Steven Davies, Aquascot.
“Hyspec Engineering’s mission is to grow the business through organic emotional intellect. That destiny lies within the ability of all our employees. Through our participation in the Academy, our employees at every level have returned to work with a different mind-set. The tools, techniques and methods learned over the period have stimulated a different approach. Waste at every level has been the main topic of discussion and the behaviours required to drive a collective new standard. It would be in any business’s interest to get their key assets to participate. The way SMAS delivered the programme was first-class. Even the most challenged cynics in the company enjoyed their experience.” Jim English, Hyspec Engineering.