CPD can help enhance your career, it 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.
What is the Mentoring Practice course?
This professional development course comprises one mandatory unit, covering the following topics:
- The mentoring process
- How to apply a model of mentoring to practice
- Using effective communication skills
- Planning a mentoring programme
- Reviewing own mentoring practice
- How to improve own practice.
This blended learning course incorporates e-learning, participation in a live training day and distance assessment. You will receive the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Mentoring Practice following successful completion of the assessment tasks.
Where a practitioner already possesses some knowledge and/or achievement in mentoring, we can operate recognition of prior learning (RPL), enabling them to be fast-tracked and reducing the time and cost involved.
Carin, a secondary school languages teacher, had been mentoring students in various capacities for a number of years before she took this course; she was able to fast-track straight to assessment and achieved the qualification in record time.
She says: "The content was completely relevant to mentoring students but also helped me extend my skill set so that I was able to mentor younger colleagues professionally.
"The support was outstanding; my tutor was continuously supportive and encouraging and always available electronically for advice.
"The course really helped me to reflect on my practice, allowed me to see my strengths and helped me to further extend my abilities and strategies for helping and meeting different mentees’ needs.
"I would recommend this for any tutor or pastoral head; anyone who is mentoring, or wants to mentor, students and colleagues professionally with a qualification."
Mentoring Theory course
If you are interested in finding out about the mentoring role, or just wish to gain the knowledge and understanding that underpins the Mentoring Practice qualification, Mentoring Theory could be the course for you.
This short online course comprises e-learning and a quiz, successful completion of which leads to a digital certificate. Achievement of this course counts towards the full qualification, should you wish to progress.