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About the Lean Competency System

An internationally recognised lean qualifications framework

The LCS is internationally recognised and the only university developed lean workplace-based qualification, offering a universal standard. Used by a wide variety organisations worldwide, the LCS accredits organisations of all types and sizes – from global corporations, government departments and private sector businesses to consultancies, SMEs and charities.

Created at LERC, Cardiff Business School

The LCS was launched in 2005 by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) at Cardiff University, as a vehicle to help organisations develop staff lean capability and adopt lean thinking more effectively. The LCS is now managed by Lean Competency Services Ltd., an independent company which holds the Cardiff University licence to operate and develop the LCS. This is managed and controlled by Simon Elias, former LERC director and chief architect of the LCS.

Why the LCS was created

LCS was developed by LERC in response to the lack of credible workplace-based lean qualifications, which was inhibiting the development of staff lean capability training. A system was developed, piloted and launched in 2005. It has since been adopted by private and public sectors in the UK and internationally, where it plays an important role in supporting lean implementation and in creating a continuous improvement culture.

About Simon Elias

Director of Lean Competency System

Simon was central to the design of the Lean Competency System and has been director of the LCS since 2014. Before managing LCS, he was director of the LERC, where he was involved in a range of research, knowledge transfer, engagement, executive education projects, programmes and initiatives, as well as marketing and strategic development. He has been working for, or in collaboration with, Cardiff University since 1997 and previously worked in marketing, research and planning roles in several multinational businesses.

LCS qualifications

The LCS qualifications framework has seven competency levels, covering a broad range of knowledge and understanding. Learn more about the framework by clicking the button below.

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