Learning Mentors will have sector-specific experience and qualifications 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.
LMs collaborate closely with colleagues, other ETS professional, employers and/or human resource colleagues to meet learners’ needs and achieve their potential.
Knowledge and Skills
As part of the apprenticeship the learner will develop their skills in areas such as promoting an ethos of learning and motivation, planning and implementing effective work experience and providing practical help with assessment processes and requirements.
Apprentices will study Level 1 Safeguarding and have the option to also include an ILM Certificate in Mentoring at Level 3.
*Level 2 Functional Skills will be required if exemptions are not produced
On Programme Assessment
Alongside their learning, apprentices’ knowledge, skills, and behaviours will be assessed in the workplace using a mixture of short assignments, observations, professional discussion, reflective accounts and collecting a portfolio of work-based evidence. A Development Coach will carry out an assessment visit every 4-6 weeks and will not only assess the learner but also provide opportunities for development and coaching.
End Point Assessment
End point assessment is a final review and testing of all the learning done throughout the programme. It is carried out by an independent end point assessment organisation (EPAO). For the Learning Mentor apprenticeship, the EPA consists of:
BePro will provide full support with all elements of the assessment including preparation and practice. This apprenticeship can be delivered in-house with closed cohorts or apprentices can attend open cohorts with learners from other organisations.