Written on: 17 February 2021
Written by: Frances Hardcastle
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Learning Mentors are a vital part of our training team. They are the friendly face and consistent contact for the duration of your apprenticeship programme. Every Baltic apprentice is assigned their very own Learning Mentor, who will work with you on a one-to-one basis and in small workshop groups.
In this blog, we'll cover what a Learning Mentor is, and how they can support you throughout your apprenticeship.
A Learning Mentor actively manages your apprenticeship journey, making sure that you can develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to get your qualification.
Each block of apprenticeship training is delivered by a different technical trainer, but your Learning Mentor will be the same throughout. Your Learning Mentor will get to know you and your job role, and personalise their approach to make sure you get the most out of your apprenticeship training.
Your Learning Mentor will guide you through the apprenticeship assessment process, setting your Workplace Projects, giving detailed feedback to strengthen your portfolio, and help you keep your Time Log for off-the-job training on track.
To put it simply, your Baltic Learning Mentor is there to make sure you have everything in place to succeed on your apprenticeship.
Each support and review session is personalised to you - your work, your goals, your needs. You'll be able to talk through key concepts, ask questions, and find ways to apply the knowledge from your technical training to your job role and Workplace Projects.
For your line manager, your Learning Mentor is a trusted partner - working with them to help you progress in your role and achieve your potential. Your Learning Mentor will check in with your manager regularly to help them support you in any upcoming assignments or projects.
When it comes to the End Point Assessment (EPA), your Learning Mentor will play a really important role in getting you ready for Gateway. Throughout your apprenticeship, your Learning Mentor will be there to help you understand what the EPA is all about, what it will involve, and give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed.
You'll have meetings in the SMART Classroom with your Learning Mentor every 6 weeks or so. These meetings include flexible support sessions, or slightly more formal review sessions where your manager is also invited to join the discussion.
Support sessions can include anything from setting up a new assignment, to working through feedback, going over your questions, and talking about soft-skills and wider career goals. Your Learning Mentor can also set up some targeted support for any areas you might be worried about during the apprenticeship.
If you ever need any extra support, your Learning Mentor should be your first port of call. Their role is similar to that of a form tutor or pastoral support officer you might have come across in school. Your Learning Mentor is there to look out for you and your wellbeing, and can point you in the right direction for extra support.
As a Baltic apprentice, you will also have access to our confidential Mindful Employer helpline. You can use this line at any time to talk about any wellbeing problems you may be experiencing. You can find the details on display in your Learning Mentor's SMART Classroom environment.
At Baltic Apprenticeships, we're always on the look-out for amazing people to join our team. If you're looking for a rewarding career in education, we want to hear from you. Browse our latest vacancies, or send us your CV.
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