Developing Mentors to Support Your Apprentices

Learn how to provide the holistic support that new or existing employees need while they go through an apprenticeship. Become an accredited Practitioner Mentor for Apprentices.

What is Apprentice Mentoring?


Where a trusted and experienced employee supports, advises and guides an apprentice during their apprenticeship period. The mentor focuses on the individual and helps them to achieve their best potential, overcome barriers, make progress, set and achieve goals. Ultimately, they contribute to the successful transition of the apprentice to the world of work.

Who is this for?

The Practitioner Mentor for Apprentices course is open to Employers, Employer Providers, Training Providers, and anyone who mentors apprentices.

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Who delivers it?

David is a Certified Delivery Partner of The Mentoring School. As well as his extensive coaching experience, David has mentored individuals formally and informally in schools, universities, public and private organisations. He delivered mentoring training courses for the RAF for many years. He writes about mentoring tips and his own experiences in this free e-book, The Joy of Mentoring.

Practitioner Mentor for Apprentices

David delivers The Mentoring School’s award-winning specialist course that covers up-to-date good practice skills in working with individuals or groups of apprentices in the workplace. It explores the practical skills to support their social, emotional and mental well-being and help them overcome barriers. The focus is on the whole person needs of apprentices rather than solely technical ones.

Investment and delivery options

Delivery is designed in three formats for flexibility. Prices are per person (no VAT). Every mentor trained by David also receives a signed copy of his 5-star Amazon book, Learning to Leap, a Guide to Being More Employable 

  • Online (videos and workbook) – £500pp
  • Blended Pre-learning (videos) and 1-day Workshop (group learning) – £600pp
  • Workshop (3 days group learning) – £700pp

Also available is The Apprenticeship Journal – a Levy-funded overhead, A4 or A5 or online journal to help your apprentices track and record all their 20% off-the-job training. Branded versions are available. Designed to take the burden off your team and motivate your apprentices to help retain learning and achieve goals. As part of the pack, you get access to two online courses – Making the Most of Your Apprenticeship and Being a Good Mentee.


Mentors who pass the online test at the end of their course will be given accreditation for a year on the International Register of Mentors. Renewal is available and mentors are expected to evidence that they have been providing mentoring or attended professional development opportunities. This public database is maintained by The International Mentor Network, a community of mentoring excellence. It exists to provide a professional search engine of accredited mentors.

Certificate in Workplace Mentoring

Practitioner Mentors have the option to advance to a reflective portfolio that will lead to an eventual workplace mentoring qualification. Individuals complete a 5-unit portfolio assessment of reflective practice and submission of a log of mentoring activities. The total time required is 120 hours or more, including mentoring practice, course and portfolio completion, peer supervision, and support calls with David.

Mentoring Awareness Workshop

Do you simply want to raise awareness of mentoring among your employees?

If so, David runs an interactive half-day session covering the basics of mentoring (tailored to your needs), such as:

  • The Mentor’s Mantra
  • The difference between mentoring and coaching
  • Boundaries
  • Establishing trust
  • Good practice for mentors

Attendees are not tested and receive a printable attendance certificate. Fixed total fee of £900 (no VAT), ideally for a group of 12. An online version is available for individuals to minimise time away. £50pp.

Why invest?

National Apprentice Mentoring

Research by The Mentoring School reveals that nearly half of apprentices (46%) feel they do not receive enough support from their employers and 84% feel employers would benefit from more training on supporting apprentices. Almost 1 in 2 employees do not feel confident in supporting apprentices. Overwhelmingly, people at all levels in the organisations surveyed support the need for training.

This is backed up by a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing in February 2018 that heard apprentices have been feeling unsupported and isolated since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The Skills Commission reports that more than 30 percent of people who start apprenticeships in the UK do not complete them.

In response, The Mentoring School developed courses to train workplace based mentors on how to understand the psychology and theory underpinning the structure, engagement and pastoral support that apprentices often need. The Skills Minister, OfSTED and the Institute for Apprenticeships all have received briefings on this national standard for mentors supporting apprentices.

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How will my organisation benefit?

  • Helps you to grow your apprenticeship offering and support the new standards
  • Gives your apprentices a better experience, increased support and understanding
  • Helps you raise completion rates

What value is added?

  • Better apprentice and employee retention and attraction
  • Increases the professionalism of your employees
  • Enhances brand awareness and reputation from a Kite Mark
  • Shows your commitment to being a youth-friendly employer
  • Impresses the regulators

Click here for feedback from Libby Megson, Leeds City Council

What can you expect to see?

  • The employer recognises the importance of having a trained mentor and may be displaying the award certificate or logo on their website or branding. Ideally, they appoint a mentor who is not the apprentice’s manager.
  • The training provider’s on-programme staff can identify how their pastoral mentoring is different from their course-focused mentoring. They are able to identify how they are developing the apprentice’s employability and life skills.
  • The work-based mentor can recognise how their mentor role is separate from a manager’s. They can speak about how they support the employability and life skills of the apprentice, not just support their work.
  • The apprentice recognises who their mentor is, can talk about their regular timetabled meetings and what they gain from them. They know the boundaries of their mentoring relationship.

Funding routes

Apprenticeships 4 England

The course can be funded as part of the negotiated costs of the apprenticeships under the ESFA levy funding rules. To comply, the person being trained on our course must be on an appropriate apprenticeship and part of their KSBs [Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours] includes mentoring/coaching other staff including apprentices. Please ask us about which apprenticeships this could cover (we’ve gone through them to check!). Employers need to request this as part of their negotiation with their training provider. 

Want to know more, ask a question or book the course?

Contact David on 07885 286287 or email