Lauren Mears - Learning Mentor

Topic

[Trainers and Assessors]

Background

The learning mentor role was recommended to me by my partner who currently works here at Baltic as a Technical Trainer. I felt this role would be a good way to progress in my career and follow my aspirations of being involved in assessing and teaching.

Through my time at secondary school I worked hard to make sure I achieved my GCSE'S to a good quality grade in order to be able to achieve my end goal of working in the education sector. I went onto college to complete an apprenticeship in children and young peoples workforce. This allowed me to gain knowledge on the role of a childcare worker and what it entails, while gaining a hands on experience and training. Following on from this, I was able to progress onto my level 3 to further develop my knowledge. While completing my level 3 I was able to be more involved in the role of a childcare worker and be more independent in my learning.

In my previous roles, I developed my experience of being a childcare worker with having a case load of children to support their learning and development. I have had experience with working with Ofsted and being able to communicate with them about what my role is and what I do, showcasing what we did as a nursery. I was also a mentor to students who were doing their training through the college. I was able to support them with their learning, helping them with assessment plans and further develop their knowledge. This is what led me into wanting to progress my career onto working with more mature learners and pursue a career in assessing and teaching.

Through College I was able to achieve both my level 2 and 3 in children and young people's workforce. I have also gained qualifications and training from short courses such as, safeguarding, prevent, food hygiene, manual handling and first aid both pediatrics and at work. These have all helped me with my working roles and can support me with my work at Baltic Apprenticeships.

Working at Baltic

I started my employment at Baltic on the 2nd of September 2019.

I am currently a learning mentor at Baltic. My main role at present is job shadowing fellow colleagues to be able to learn the roles and responsibilities of an assessor. Currently I am observing review calls and practice marking assessment plans to prepare me for my own learners.

I had heard lots of positive feedback about Baltic and how it is a lovely company to work for. After researching the business and finding out more information, I felt like this was a really good route to take in order to follow my career path. The job description sounded like it would best suit me and my previous assessment skills, with being able to learn and get guidance to develop my knowledge in the IT industry.

I am looking forward to learning new skills and watching my personal development and confidence grow. I am most looking forward to having my own case load of learners and being able to support and guide them through their apprenticeship, watching them achieve their goals and receive their end result.

#1 Item on Bucket List

I would love the opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

Interesting Fact

I used to go to dance school where I did ballet, tap and disco and achieved medals with distinctions.

Greatest Achievement

I would have my achievement as been recently able to push myself out of my comfort zone and being confident to apply for the job and be given the job here at Baltic. I have always been quite reserved and doubted myself with what I am capable of. So for me to push my limits and achieve something for myself is a great boost to my confidence.

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of work I like to socialise with my friends, going out for meals and cinema trips. I enjoy long walks with my dog Max. My partner and I have recently been going to pub quizzes with friends, we really need to develop our general knowledge skills!

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