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.
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).
The apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months.
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).
Where an apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 English, Maths and ICT, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.
Outcomes for this standard must include:
- Level 1 Safeguarding
Employers may also wish candidates to achieve appropriate additional qualifications in Education and Training including mentorship.
The above outcomes will be achieved before the end-point assessment.