DCG offers a range of high-quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby. Its Teacher Training provision was graded outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection.
Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeship development. It is central to work-based learning provision, further, adult and higher education, offender learning and the voluntary sector.
Apprenticeships are expected to expand significantly, and this qualification will enhance your employment opportunities and employability. We can tailor the learning to meet your job role and the needs of your employer.
What are the benefits for employers?
The programme offers a work-based route to developing and qualifying mentors who work with learners and apprentices in a range of settings
The role can actively promote learning in the workplace, and promote engagement and inclusion for learners in all settings
For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices
In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding Learning Mentor who has a positive impact on apprentice or learner development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer. You will achieve:
Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:
You will be assessed through review cycles that allow you to develop and maintain an effective portfolio of evidence. The portfolio allows you to show exemplar practice by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. This will be through developmental observations of your competency and professional discussions that allow you to demonstrate comprehension. The end-point assessment will consist of:
You will have study time to work with your assessor one-to-one and will attend small group teaching workshops. These will support you to prepare for end-point assessment which is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre.
Learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs, although you will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.
Ambitious Dawn Sheils-Houston says the world has opened up to her after completing a “goldmine” study programme at Derby College. Dawn works for Derbyshire Constabulary as an Attraction and Engagement Officer - encouraging unrepresented groups to join the force. To support her work and to boost her skillset, Dawn was determined to learn more about the practicalities of coaching and mentoring.
A contact at Derby College Group (DCG) recommended the part-time ILM Level 5 course, which involved one evening lecture a fortnight. Dawn, who has an LLB Honours Degree in Law, said it involved a substantial amount of research and studying at home. She found it to be a lot of work but “a magical experience”.
As part of her studies she coached two police employees, who both gained promotion. She said the lectures and constructive feedback by tutor Lesley Jackson were superb.
Dawn said: "I wanted the course to be practical as well as theoretical and it was absolutely out of this world. I was learning so much. It was a goldmine of invaluable information which allowed me to find this nugget. I’ve now got the skills and endless opportunities. It’s a massive evolving area.
"My dad came over on the Windrush, from Jamaica. He was a hardworking man. He told us as children that, ‘if you stay in bed you would end up being poor’."
The world’s opened up for me now. I feel I’ve got lots to offer on a practical basis which could change someone’s life.”