£14,500 Starter - £25,000 Experienced
36 to 38 term time (evenings attending events or appointments)
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.
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
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
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.