This is suitable for anyone expected to coach and mentor as part of their normal working role. You don’t need to have delivered formal coaching and mentoring prior to the programme. However, during the programme you must begin to coach or mentor in the workplace for real and log 36 hours of practice.
Learning Mentors 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.
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 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.
What’s involved? Level 3 Learning Mentor
This is a combined qualification and therefore involves a combination of demonstrating practical skills in a real working environment as well as understanding the knowledge and principles of the sector. Candidates will complete the following mandatory units along with a selection of optional units, chosen to match their specific job role. Learning mentors will be able to:
Advise, guide and supervise learners
Communicate and collaborate effectively
Liaise with assessors, coaches and/or teachers
Maintain appropriate records for the learning programme.
Be vigilant in safeguarding learners and others in contact with them
Collaborate with the wider education support team to review learners’ progress and to provide evidence of progress and achievement