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Workplace Mentor

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I am running an induction programme for new workplace mentors on an NVQ programme and I wondered if anyone could offer some advice as to the typical roles and responsibilities of such people and how these differ from tutors/advisors and assessors on the programme itself.
Ruth A. Smith

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  1. NVQ Mentor
    One successful scheme we worked with was for NVQs at levels 4 and above and helped with the qualification which is very much the long haul.

    The mentors were chosen for personal and business skill sets and added value to the programme by;-
    1. Coaching to improve performance.
    2. ‘Being there’ for the mentees when things were tough ie work deadlines plus NVQ evidence to collect.
    3.Assisting with ensuring time alloted was used for the qualification. This was vital for managers who would prioritise work over study. It was crucial they achieved the qualification to stay in role but many would opt to do their operational duties instead of building the portfolio.They were not assessors/tutors so didn’t become involved with that side of the process. They were there only to assist in their predefined role of mentor.

    The clearest role of the mentor was that of trusted advisor and by taking the time and the interest they encouraged development of the person through the qualification. Having a one to one work mentor is becoming more popular and if you need any other info on pilot studies let us know.

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