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Learning Mentor Apprenticeship Standard

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring
Apprenticeships
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/learning-mentor-apprenticeship-standard
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Course Information for Students

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

  • A Learning Mentor apprenticeship contract of a minimum of 18 months to support learning and development (12 months minimum plus end-point assessment)
  • Evidence of an appropriate level qualification in your own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of a Level 2 qualification in English Language
  • A mentor within your organisation to support and develop you

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:

  • A Level 1 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT if you do not have these at entry (or their equivalent)
  • End-point assessment to show you have evidenced the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external end-point assessment centre)

Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:

  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

This course will be delivered in the workplace and on-site.

N/A

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:

  1. A showcase of exemplary work
  2. A professional discussion informed by the showcase
  3. Observations of practice as a mentor followed by questions and answers

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. 

  • Secure a permanent position as a Learning Mentor or related role in the FE and Skills sector, in higher education, in schools or in a private sector organisation which employs apprentices
  • Progress to a teaching or assessing qualification/role
  • Progress to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (depending on your prior qualifications and role)

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships, yet this standard is the first formal recognition of this role.  Nowadays, mentoring takes place in all parts of the Education and Training Sector (ETS) and in staff development contexts.

Learning Mentors (LMs) support learners of all ages, and at all levels, to develop within a new work role.  These learners may be, for example, apprentices, trainees or new recruits in the workplace, or in any vocational learning environment. 

LMs will have sector-specific experience and qualifications, as determined by their employer or professional body, which they use to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role. The LM is therefore a ‘dual professional’, having both up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specialist vocational or subject area, together with the generic skills necessary to support learners (as potentially a first step towards a secondary role as an education and training professional).     

LMs therefore support the development of learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours throughout their programme, particularly in applying theoretical learning in practical work environments (and usually on a one-to-one or small group basis). They give practical, technical and/or pastoral support and guidance.

The Apprenticeship Standard consists of:

  • Providing mentoring support using effective practices
  • A Learning Mentor apprenticeship contract of a minimum of 18 months to support learning and development (12 months minimum plus end-point assessment)
  • Evidence of an appropriate level qualification in the apprentice’s own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of a Level 2 qualification in English Language
  • A mentor within the organisation to support and develop the apprentice
  1. Access to a range of apprentices/learners for providing mentoring support
  2. Access to a subject specialist mentor to support development
  • Promote an ethos of motivation, aspiration and a passion for learning
  • Operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries
  • Value equality and diversity and work with others to improve equality of opportunity and inclusion
  • Be resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change, maintaining focus and self-control
  • Demonstrate, encourage and expect mutual respect in all professional contexts
  • Level 1 Safeguarding
  • Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT

The end-point assessment will consist of:

  1. A showcase of exemplary work
  2. A professional discussion informed by the showcase
  3. Observations of practice as a mentor followed by questions and answers

No, your apprentice will not need to come into College.  We can provide bespoke one-to-one learning time in the workplace.  

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  • Secure a permanent position as a Learning Mentor or related role in the FE and Skills Sector, in higher education, in schools or in a private sector organisation which employs apprentices
  • Progress to a teaching or assessing qualification/role
  • Progress to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (depending on their prior qualifications and role)
  • Progress further within their vocational specialism
  • Mentor of apprentices in the workplace
  • Mentor of learners in 14-16 education, further education, prisons, adult education or higher education provision
  • Mentor of employees in the workplace

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Educational Support Assistants

£12705

Educational Support Assistants

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

£19024

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 11:04 am