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. 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.
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.
LMs collaborate closely with colleagues, other ETS professional, employers and/or human resource colleagues to meet learners’ needs and achieve their potential.
Typical job roles for this standard would be: –
- Learning Mentor
Delivery of the Training: –
Knowledge-based off-the-job training will take place once a month along with portfolio-building days each month. The Apprentices allocated Learning and Development Coach will issue monthly action plans and complete workplace visits in addition to the off-the-job training and portfolio-building days.
Progress Reviews will take place with the Apprentice, Manager and Learning and Development Coach every 12 weeks to monitor progress and ensure the Apprentice is on target to achieve by the planned end date.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include five GCSEs, (especially English and Mathematics) relevant qualifications and experience.
The duration of this Apprenticeship is typically 15-18 months
End Point Assessment Requirements
- Learning Mentor Observations (LMO) – This component includes two learning mentor sessions with a minimum of two different learners, totalling 120 minutes, with a potential variance of 10%, depending on the needs of the learners being mentored by the learning mentor apprentice.
- Professional Discussion Assessment (PD) – The professional discussion will take place in a confidential environment with no interruptions. During the professional discussion, the end point assessment organisation will clarify and validate the apprentice’s claim to meeting the Learning Mentor Standard through ongoing practice, illustrated in the examples provided in the showcase, mapped or cross referenced to the professional behaviours, knowledge and skills listed in the thematic/synoptic assessment areas shown below.
- Showcase Project Portfolio – to be submitted prior to Gateway being triggered by EPAO (electronic document) and will provide discussion points during your professional discussion.
20% off the job training is a mandatory requirement when completing any Apprenticeship Standard.
A timetable of sessions is available by contacting our Recruitment Team on 0115 9835823 or Info@Prostartuk.co.uk
Interested in applying?
Want to find out more?
Book onto one of our information sessions with a member of the recruitment team and start your bespoke course today