How to become a learning mentor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course to get some of the skills you'll need as a learning mentor. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Mentoring
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- T Level in Education and Early Years
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could do a Learning and Skills Mentor Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.
This takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could apply directly to become a learning mentor. The qualifications and experience you'll need will vary depending on where you work.
You'll usually need paid or voluntary experience of working with children or young people. Employers may also ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in English and maths.
You might find it useful to have mentoring experience outside of education, such as:
- supporting disabled people
- helping young people with mental health issues
- mentoring someone to start their own business
- peer mentoring on anti-bullying projects
You can find out more about working in learning mentor and support from the Education and Training Foundation.