National Apprentice Mentoring Qualification
Approved Training Partner
David is an Approved Training Partner of The Mentoring School and licensed to deliver the award-winning specialist National Apprentice Mentoring qualification. It is a Level 3 qualification, accredited by Edge Hill University and, currently, going through regulation with Ofqual.
As well as his extensive coaching experience, David has mentored individuals formally and informally in schools, universities, public and private organisations. He ran mentoring training courses for the RAF for several years. He writes about mentoring tips and his own experiences in this free e-book, The Joy of Mentoring.
Who looks after your apprentices?
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 per cent of people who start apprenticeships in the UK do not complete them.
In response, The Mentoring School developed the National Apprentice Mentor Qualification to train workplace based mentors 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.
How your organisation benefits
- Helping you to grow your apprenticeship offering and support the new standards
- Giving your apprentices a better experience, increased support and understanding
- Help raise completion rates and give you value-added benefit with your apprenticeships
The value added
- Better apprentice and employee retention and attraction
- Increases the professionalism of your employees
- Enhanced brand awareness and reputation from a Kite Mark
- Shows your commitment to being a youth-friendly employer
- Impresses the regulators
What can you expect to see in the apprenticeship?
- The employer should recognise the importance of having a trained mentor and may be displaying the award certificate or logo on their website or letterhead. Ideally, they should have appointed mentors for the apprentice who are not their managers.
- The training provider’s on-programme staff should be able to identify how their pastoral mentoring is different than their course-focused mentoring. They should be able to identify ways that they are developing the apprentice’s employability and life skills to prepare them for the expectations after their course ends.
- The work-based mentor should be able to speak about the impact of their training on the way they support their apprentices. They should recognise how the mentor’s role is separate from a manager’s. They should be able to speak about ways they support the employability and life skills of the mentor, not just support their work.
- The apprentice should recognise who their mentor is, be able to talk about their regular timetabled meetings and what they gain from them. They should be able to tell you what the boundaries are about their mentoring relationship (for example when the mentor would be obliged to break the confidentiality of the sessions due to a Prevent or protection concern).
The National Apprentice Mentoring Qualification is open to Employers, Employer Providers (who deliver apprenticeships themselves), Training Providers, and anyone who mentors apprentices.
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] included 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.
Many training providers are interested in this course as a sign of good practice in apprenticeships and The Mentoring School have also now briefed OfSTED inspectors on their deployment.
What is an Apprentice Mentor?
A trusted and experienced employee who supports, advises and guides the 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.
What the course covers
This award-winning specialist course covers up to date good practice skills in working with individuals or groups of apprentices in the workplace, covering the practical skills to support their social, emotional and mental well-being and help them overcome barriers. The focus is on the pastoral needs of apprentices rather than the technical ones. It covers the requirements under the existing apprentice framework scheme and the new requirements under the standards scheme.
Participants submit a written assessment (25-30 hours within 6 months), marked by another trainer to gain the formal qualification. It can be used as prior learning at some universities. Then, employers are able to display the qualification mark on their website and letterheads.
The content covers:
- You and your workplace
- What is a mentor
- Barriers to learning
- Learning new skills
- Coping with emotions
- Preparation for working life
- Employer requirements
- Supporting an individual
- Supporting a group
- Supporting life skills
- Involving other employees
- Diversity, including working with different generations
- Supporting social, emotional and mental health
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Monitoring outcomes of induction
- Good practice for mentors
Investment and delivery options
Delivery is designed to minimise time away from the job via blended learning options (8-12 hours e-learning and/or in person workshop). 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 and an opportunity to join The Mentoring School’s International Mentor Network for a year at a discounted price of £50 (usually £130).
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. £9.45 for A4, £9.49 for A5 (no VAT).
Want to know more, ask a question or book the course?
Contact David on 07885 286287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org