Learning Mentor Level 3 Apprenticeship
Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre
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Why this apprenticeship?
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 standards development contexts.
Learning Mentors support learners of all ages, and all levels, to develop within a new work role. These learners may be, for example, apprentices, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants, to new CEOs) in the workplace, or in any vocational learning environment. Learning Mentors 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 Learning Mentor 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). Learning Mentors 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.
Learning Mentors work closely with colleagues to meet learners’ needs and to help them achieve their potential.
You will spend one day a week (20% of your time) with Hull Training and Adult Education and the rest of the week with your employer.
Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include:
A strong aspiration to support learners.
(As a dual-professional) A qualification, at an appropriate level in the candidate’s vocational/subject specialism.
Recent experience and knowledge relevant to the context of the mentoring role (e.g. current industry standards).
Candidates may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.
What qualifications will I achieve?
Learners who successfully complete this apprenticeship will be awarded with a:
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training or equivalent
- Level 1 Safeguarding
Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End Point Assessment.
The Learning Mentor will:
- 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.
- The apprenticeship covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers in the further education and skills sector, such as:
• the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
• inclusive teaching and learning approaches
• assessment of learners
• facilitating learning and development for individuals
• facilitating learning and development in groups
• understanding principles and practices of assessment
You will work towards gaining an apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship standard contains a list of skills, knowledge and behaviours you will need to have learned by the end of your apprenticeship. Standards are occupation focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship and you are assessed at the end of your apprenticeship. It is at this point you will need to prove you can carry out all aspects of the job. This is called the End Point Assessment (EPA).
For more information about apprenticeships visit https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/what-is-an-apprenticeship
Here you will find some potential career pathways once you have completed your apprenticeship with us.
- developing one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils
- visiting parents at home to give them advice about dealing with issues and concerns
- developing action plans for students and monitoring their progress
- working closely with teachers and other professionals, like social workers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers
- talking to people about their abilities, interests and achievements
- exploring learning and work opportunities
- helping people make decisions and plans of action
- giving support to overcome barriers
- keeping to rules on equal opportunities
- developing relationships with employers, colleges, universities and training providers
- keeping up to date with occupational and labour market information
- giving talks, updating records and meeting targets
Human Resources / Personnel Officer
- dealing with complaints and discipline procedures
- assisting in the recruitment of new employees
- working with other managers, improving employees’ experiences of the workplace
- keeping employee records
- helping people to access training and development
- making sure employees have the right pay and benefits
- arranging employee services such as welfare and counselling
- promoting equality, and health and safety
- advising on matters like pay negotiations, redundancy and employment law
- developing HR policies and procedures
- recording and analysing confidential information
- writing employee handbooks
- dealing with staff at all levels