Learning Mentor

The End-Point Assessment for the Learning Mentor apprenticeship will include Learning Mentor Observations and a  Professional Discussion.

What they do

Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships, yet this standard is the first formal recognition of this role.  Nowadays, mentoring takes place in all parts of the Education and Training Sector (ETS) and staff-development contexts. Within the Learning Mentor apprenticeship, apprentices will support learners of all ages and all levels to develop within a new work role.  These learners may be apprentices themselves, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants to new CEOs) in the workplace or in any vocational learning environment.

Learning Mentor apprentices will have sector-specific experience and qualifications, as determined by their employer or professional body, which they will use to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role. The Learning Mentor is, therefore, a ‘dual professional’ having both up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specialist vocational or subject area, together with the generic skills necessary to support learners.

End-Point Assessment Components for the Learning Mentor Apprenticeship

  • Learning Mentor Observations
  • Professional Discussion (with accompanying Showcase Project)

Learning Mentor Observations

The observation will involve learners who will be taking part in a genuine mentoring session. It will be inclusive of two Learning Mentor sessions with a minimum of two different learners, totalling 120 minutes, with a potential variance of 10% depending on the needs of the learners. It will usually be a one-to-one session, but group mentoring may also be observed. Other learners will not be present during these observations.

Following the observation, the End-Point Assessor will be able to ask questions of the apprentice. The duration of the questioning relates to any clarification required around the Knowledge, Skills or Behaviours, and will, therefore, be specific to each Learning Mentor Observation and each apprentice. Questioning, where needed, will not exceed 10% of the total time of the Observation. The Learning Mentor Observations represent a total of 64% of the End-Point Assessment.

Professional Discussion

The Professional Discussion will take place in a confidential environment with no interruptions. During the Discussion, the End-Point Assessor will clarify and validate the apprentice’s claim to meeting the Learning Mentor apprenticeship standard through ongoing practice, illustrated in the exemplary examples provided in the Showcase. The Showcase project must be submitted to the End-Point Assessor by the End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) when the range of potential dates for the End-Point Assessment is communicated.

The Professional Discussion will last for a maximum of 60 minutes with a variance of 10% allowed. The discussion will represent a total of 36% of the End-Point Assessment.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about the Learning Mentor apprenticeship standard, check out our factsheets page, or alternatively you can find more information via the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Learning Mentor Apprenticeship Standard

Duration: 12 months
Standard Number: ST0148
Level: 3
Funding Band: 8 (£5,000)


  • Payable at Registration: £125 (25%)*
  • Payable at Gateway: £375 (75%)*

(+£50 surplus if Professional Discussion to take place on a separate date – remote)
(+£100 surplus if Professional Discussion to take place on a separate date – face to face)

Functional Skills:
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Level 2 Award in Functional Skills ICT
Industry Requirements:
  • Level 1 Safeguarding
Payment Terms: Training Qualifications UK will invoice for payment at the registration phase (25%) and upon the gateway process (75%). Payment terms 30 days.
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*25% registration fee is transferrable to a new registration should an Apprentice withdraw from the apprenticeship. Upon receipt Apprentices, Employers and Training Providers will gain access to the TQUK EPA management suite.

**75% fee paid at gateway in non-refundable as we anticipate that once the apprentice has passed through gateway they will be ready to undertake the end-point assessment elements. If the 75% payable upon gateway is not paid within 30 days of invoice we, as the EPAO, will put a hold on any end-point assessment activities being undertaken and any certification processes.

Training Qualifications UK offers one free re-sit per multiple-choice test where included within a standard. Element assessments re-sits will be charged per assessment and standard

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