Learning Mentor (LM) Level 3
Why this apprenticeship
The Learning Mentor (LM) role has emerged within the Education and Training Sector (ETS), over the last 30 years as a result of the implementation of sector/specialist (competence-based) qualifications (notably NVQs) and formalised work-based education and training. ‘Mentoring’ is today, and has been for centuries, the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships.
The LM role could therefore be considered as a first step towards development as an education and training professional. Within the sector ‘mentoring’ is understood to be different to ‘coaching’. Mentoring is a relatively basic support role that is based on providing advice and guidance, which needs to be delivered by a more experienced person.
There are no formal qualifications required for this apprenticeship but you are expected to be in a work place position that will enable you to support two different individuals/learners to allow you to meet the standard of the Learner Mentor course.
What qualifications will I achieve?
- Level 1 Safeguarding
- FS Level 2 English, maths and ICT– if not already achieved
The course aims to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours and on completion of the programme you will be able to:
- understand the role of the Mentor within standard practices of the workplace
- liaise with colleagues and relevant stakeholders to meet learning needs and follow procedures
- provide or signpost to valid information and expert advice and guidance, ensuring an up-to-date knowledge of education and career progression opportunities and workplace practice and expectations
- support the learner in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
- maintain the quality and safety of provision including currency of own professional skills and knowledge and complying with relevant organisational guidelines and legislation
- understand and demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the role
A minimum of 12 months must be spent on programme to develop confidence and competence in all aspects of the Standard. All apprenticeship standards are required to have an end-point assessment (EPA) that is carried out by an independent awarding body. Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment in order to achieve the apprenticeship certificate. For this apprenticeship standard there is also the ability to get a grading of distinction too.
There are 2 elements to the EPA and include:
- An observations of two different Learner Mentor sessions totalling 120 minutes with variance on the needs of the learners.
- A professional discussion linked to the showcase portfolio that the apprentice has compiled while on programme and maps to the knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the thematic/synoptic areas.
Apprentices must achieve a minimum of Level 1 Safeguarding, before End Point Assessment (EPA) via an accredited qualification which is embedded to the course programme as part of the Learner Mentor course.
In order to achieve the apprenticeship, you will need to demonstrate you have English and maths skills at Level 2 or above. If you do not hold the relevant qualifications you will be expected to achieve the Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths while on the programme.
Where can it lead?
This course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress into roles where you supervise and mentor in a range of environments. This could also lead to progression to different roles in the education sector like a tutor/trainer.