Derby College offers a range of high-quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby. Its Teacher Training provision was graded outstanding by an Ofsted inspection in December 2015.
Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships. 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 from May 2017, 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 development and/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, culminating in a showcase of work.
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.
Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.
My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.
I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.
We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.