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.
This course is aimed at those working in medium to large employers to advise, guide and supervise 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 this role a learner should work with providers and colleagues to plan and implement structured learning and relevant work experience, review learners’ progress and evidence achievement, and liaise with relevant colleagues to support learners’ action plans.
What you will learn:
Effective practice in providing vocational/pastoral advice and guidance
Effective questioning, active listening and assertiveness techniques
Learning programme requirements and planning contextualised learning
Roles of assessors, coaches or teachers in providing practical help with assessment processes
Who needs to be kept informed of issues impacting the learner’s wellbeing and progress
The mentor’s role in the learner’s development
Organisational and legal requirements for recording, storing and sharing information
The roles of workplace and education provider colleagues who contribute to learners fulfilling their action plans
How learners may become physically or psychologically at risk, and channels for reporting concerns
Opportunities for continuing professional development
Quality assurance requirements relating to the mentoring environment
End-point assessment – What is this?
End-point assessment is a new way of assuring quality in the apprenticeship system. It replaces the existing model of continuous assessment resulting in qualifications.
Once an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, they will be ‘signed off’ by their employer/ provider as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. In most cases, the assessment will be graded and must show the apprentice is fully competent and productive in the occupation.
Learning Mentor End Point Assessment consists of:
Learner Mentor Observations followed by Question and Answers
Professional Discussion informed by Showcase of Practice
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