From left: The Lean Six Sigma Company Group CEO Mischa van Aalten, DA’VISION Business Solution Managing Director Dayan Hengedara and Operations Director Pradeesh Wanniarachchi
With the motive of supporting organisations and individuals in their ambition to continuously improve processes, The Lean Six Sigma Company, one of the world’s leading providers of Lean Six Sigma training recently commenced its operations in Sri Lanka in partnership with DA’VISION Business Solution Ltd., making it the first country to establish their presence in the Asian region.
Professionals in Sri Lanka can now obtain Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt certifications including Lean Practitioner and Lean Leader through The Lean Six Sigma Company, giving them quality practical knowledge and application to successfully execute process improvement projects within their organisations and add immense value towards advancing their career.
The Lean Six Sigma Company Group CEO Mischa van Aalten said, “We are very delighted to enter Asia by establishing our operations in Sri Lanka. With many businesses today looking for ways to increase profitability by minimising costs and lead time with improved customer satisfaction in highly competitive markets we believe we can be a great partner in working together to achieve this.”
Based on lean techniques to eliminate or reduce waste in business processes and Six Sigma concept to minimise process variance to reduce defect rate through DMAIC approach, the methodology is relatively new in Sri Lanka however in the recent decade it has increasingly become popular among manufacturing and service sectors.
Lean Six Sigma can be considered as an ideal tool especially when doing business in struggling economies like Sri Lanka where operating costs are higher, shrinking its margins. Banks and apparel manufacturers have already recognised the significant financial benefits of these methods with many having separate functions to run these programs.
There is a huge demand in the future for Lean Six Sigma professionals with more companies willing to invest in this concept. To fill this market vacuum it is highly important to increase the number of certified professionals produced each year. Presently only a very few local and international institutions in Sri Lanka provide courses on this with the output being inadequate to meet market demand and moreover there is growing concerns about the quality and the global recognition of these programs.
“Quality is of paramount important to us and we offer our customers an assurance of value reflecting through recognition and accreditations,” Van Aalten further said. The courses are based on both ISO18404 and ISO13052 standards. These standards give an independent framework for the skills and knowledge of Lean Six Sigma professionals. The Lean Six Sigma Company is one of the very few providers certified for both standards.
As per latest surveys, due to high demand in most parts of the world, Lean Six Sigma professionals earn very high salaries and on average a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualified professional is capable of earning over $ 120,000 per annum in developed countries.
DA’VISION Business Solution Ltd. Managing Director Dayan Hengedara has more than 15 years of experience in the apparel sector specialising in lean management, and Operations Director Pradeesh Wanniarachchi bring in over 14 years of industry experience having held many senior management roles across apparel, chemicals and automobile sectors.
The Lean Six Sigma Company offers complete suite of Lean and Lean Six Sigma through open enrolment courses. Established in 2002 with its headquarters in Netherlands, the company has offices in 20+ countries across Europe, Canada, US and Latin America having trained over 25,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses ranging from multinationals to private individuals in both profit and non-profit sector.