This Level 3 apprenticeship standard is designed as a minimum 12 month programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in a Learning Mentor role.
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 staff development contexts. Learning Mentors (LMs) 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).
Entry requirements: Individual employers may set 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.
- Level 1 Safeguarding
Employers may also wish candidates to achieve appropriate additional qualifications in Education and Training including mentorship