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Learning and Skills Mentor Apprentice Level 4

Interested in pursuing a career focusing on mentorship, coaching and professional development? Or keen to develop your own career in the public, private or voluntary sectors? As a Level 4 Learning and Skills Mentor Apprentice, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a highly effective mentor. You will support learners of all ages and levels as they progress within their own work roles.

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This role requires someone with an organised, collaborative and supportive approach to work and a high-level of responsibility. If you are looking to begin your career as a mentor or career advisor, keen to build on your current knowledge, or interested in changing your path, read on to find out more about what is required to succeed as a Learning and Skills Mentor.

What is a Learning and Skills Mentor?

Working towards the Level 4 Learning and Skills Mentor Apprenticeship provides you with the training and tools to become a highly effective, supportive mentor to learners. In this, you will help them to develop their personal and professional skills and advance their careers.

Although an apprenticeship can be an alternative to university or full-time education, apprenticeships are never restricted to school-leavers. In fact, they are a rewarding opportunity to upskill within a current role or progress down a new career path. Specifically, apprenticeships provide learning on the job, with hands-on training as you learn directly from experienced colleagues.

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This Learning and Skills Mentor Apprentice role can span a wide range of sectors and industries. It is possible to pursue a career in healthcare, business, education, technology and the creative industries, amongst many more. Typical job titles you might inhabit include ‘Academic Mentor’, ‘Learning Mentor’, ‘Training Mentor’, or even ‘Tutor’.

Mentorship responsibilities and duties

Mentoring work can take place in various locations and environments. You will work alongside a variety of different professionals at any level of seniority. This includes your mentees, as well as supervisors, experienced practitioners, and managers. You might work face-to-face or remotely depending on the situation, but the role requires the ability to adapt to different situations and work collaboratively with stakeholders.

The Mentor Apprentice role can take place online, with a person sitting on a chair during a remote call using their laptop
A Learning and Skills Mentor’s role is wide-ranging, working with a variety of different people in differing circumstances, including mentoring face-to-face or remotely.

It is your responsibility to ensure best practice is developed and maintained with the progression of your mentees. For this, you will need to work within ethical and legal frameworks, including confidentiality and safeguarding, taking responsibility for each mentor and mentee relationship.

Along with this, the role encompasses a wide range of other duties that make it a varied position. This includes using knowledge of mentoring models, tools and techniques to support the mentee and adapt your provision of support to their specific needs and behaviours. Furthermore, you will use strategies to agree and meet checkpoints (such as identifying the starting points and potential barriers of the mentee).

Having a high-level of awareness will be key to fully support the mentee and offer appropriate guidance and advice. This includes recognising the potential need for referral to other professional services. On top of this, you will need a reflective attitude to assess the effect of your training and support, with an eye on continuous development and improvement. Additionally, you will establish evaluation processes with mentees to support their own reflection and development. The ability to plan, record and evaluate your mentoring activities and the mentee’s progress will be crucial.

Key personal and professional skills you will need in order to succeed:

  • The ability to work to a high-standard with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Adept at working collaboratively with stakeholders and mentees.
  • Strong organisational skills, with the capability of meeting set deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Committed to your own professional development.

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How is the Learning and Skills Mentor Apprenticeship assessed?

Towards the end of the apprenticeship, you will be submitted to your gateway. Here you will confirm that you have met all requirements for the course. After this, you will begin your end point assessment (EPA). This assesses your demonstration of skills and knowledge against the occupational standard. During the apprenticeship, your training provider will share more information about the EPA. This includes details on what to expect and how to properly prepare.

As a Learning and Skills Mentor Apprentice, the assessment will include a portfolio of evidence and an assessor observing your work. Training typically takes place over twelve months, with the EPA period around three months. After your EPA, you will receive your result as a fail, pass, merit or distinction grade.


The Level 4 Learning and Skills Mentor Apprentice is a wide-ranging and rewarding apprenticeship. It provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical ability to undertake a high-level of responsibility and become an effective and supportive mentor. An apprenticeship like this is only the start of what would become a varied and fulfilling career in mentorship, coaching and professional development.

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