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.
Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching.
Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job. She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall.
Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers. As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.
The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.
I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.