CPD can help enhance your career, enables you to learn or develop new skills and generally illustrates your commitment to your role and the organisation you work for.
By undertaking the Mentoring Practice continual professional development (CPD) course, you will learn skills to help support the young people whose health and wellbeing you are responsible for.
You might be a school teacher, a teaching assistant, a health care practitioner, or anyone who provides advice based on your own experience and practice to help others less experienced than you.
“Schools face huge challenges in dealing with mental health issues in their students, and teachers are on the front line. They witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of pressures such as exam anxiety, bullying, and family problems. The consequences of these problems are serious, often life-threatening, and teachers are desperate to help.
“Yet at a time when the need for preventative, early intervention and specialist services are soaring, schools are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the help their pupils need. There’s an urgent need for better support mechanisms in schools, as well as decent funding for the range of mental health services children and young people need.” The Guardian, June 2018
Different professionals often work together in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), and for a child having problems at school, a member of the school staff may often be the first port of call for help. Clearly, if every school had at least one member of staff trained as a mentor, the problem may end here without further intervention.
Content and structure
There is one mandatory unit in this course, covering the following topics:
• The mentoring process
• How to apply a model of mentoring to practice
• Using effective communication skills in relation to mentoring
• Planning a mentoring programme
• Reviewing own practice as a mentor
• How to improve own mentoring practice
Delivery and duration
This course is delivered via blended learning utilising e-learning, participation in a face-to-face training day and distance assessment.
The course is self-paced and you have up to 6 months to complete it, although the actual time will be dependent on your access to a suitable mentee and your personal motivation.
Throughout the course you will receive support from the YST team, including:
• Technical support in relation to accessing the e-learning and using the online learning management system
• Access to your tutor/assessor, the Learning Support Officer and the Curriculum Manager who collectively will be able to offer you help, advice and guidance in relation to the course content, the training venue and facilities, assessment and any adjustments required, and anything else you want help with!
• Distance tutorials to assess your initial requirements and goals, reflect on your achievements and challenges to date and on your next steps
You will be assessed remotely through the following assessment methods:
• Online short-answer questions that relate to the e-learning
• Written questions and discussion with your assessor
• Practical demonstration (via video) of effective communication skills to mentor a mentee within an organisation
• Completion of records associated with a mentoring programme
You will receive the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Mentoring Practice following successful completion of the assessment tasks.
To access this course you need to be aged 16 or over and have a level of maturity appropriate to the role of mentoring.
To pass the assessment will need to have access to one mentee within an organisation.
Achievement of the qualification may lead to enhanced employment opportunities in human resources, probation, police work, health services, social services, schools, further education, higher education or children’s services.
You may decide that you want to progress your studies further; for example to other Level 3 or Level 4 qualifications in Mentoring, Counselling or Coaching.
We can deliver bespoke learning for groups of 10 or more. Please call Bev on 01509 226675.