Learning mentor apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You could take a college course, to help you get started in this career. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Mentoring
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Information and Advice for Supporting Learner Progression
- T Level in Education and childcare
You may need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course or T Level.
You can do a Level 3 learning mentor apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You can apply directly to get into this type of work. You'll normally need:
- a good standard of general education, especially in literacy and numeracy
- experience of working with children or young people, either through paid work or volunteering
Experience of other types of mentoring outside of education may also be helpful. Examples are peer-to-peer mentoring on anti-bullying projects, supporting people with disabilities or helping young people with health-related issues.
Learning mentor apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Learning mentor apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you may:
- develop one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils
- visit parents at home to give them advice about dealing with issues and concerns
- develop action plans for students and monitor their progress
- keep up to date records and prepare reports
- work closely with teachers and other professionals, like social workers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers
You could work at a client's home, at a school or at a college.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression - Learning mentor apprenticeships
You could specialise in working with particular groups, like excluded students.
You could also move into more senior mentoring roles, with supervisory or co-ordinating duties.
With further training, you might work in student advice and guidance, teaching, speech and language therapy, educational welfare or social work.