The course will aim to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to:

  • Serve as a mentor walking alongside a mentee in a one-to-one or group mentoring setting
  • Jointly manage the development of a mentoring relationship to achieve set objectives, either in a formal or informal mentoring relationship
  • Design, implement and evaluate a mentoring programme in a local community
  • The course consists of five modules plus a personal learner portfolio

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and discuss some theoretical concepts of mentoring models and styles
  2. Present key theories and basis of mentoring
  3. Identifying good practice relating to mentoring in areas such as maintaining appropriate boundaries, confidentiality and contracting in mentoring
  4. Design and implement a mentoring programme, including development of relevant materials and process for evaluation, review and feedback
  5. Develop and demonstrate skills in utilising key mentoring tools
  6. Critically reflect on own mentoring style, strengths and weaknesses relating to mentoring others, as well as the impact of personal journey
  7. Understand the added spiritual dimension in Christian mentoring, including the Biblical basis and examples, as well as potential for contribution to Church growth

Assessment Procedures

Successful achievement of the award is based on learners attaining the required standards of knowledge, skill or competence consistent with the minimum intended programme learning outcomes.

In addition to a minimum attendance of 80%, the following assessment methods will be employed on the course:

  • Classroom exercises
  • Role play
  • Case Study
  • Mentoring exercise/Learning Record

Participants will be expected to attend all workshops and participate full in the group process and learning.

Course Duration

The course will be delivered virtually in an open learning format incorporating home based distance learning. The course offering comprises of a combination of taught periods, group discussions, role play, case study, assignments and self-learning.

As the course is targeted at the Irish NFQ Level 4/5, the whole course duration will require an input of 70-90 hours of study effort.

Admission Requirements

The course will be particularly suitable for those who want to develop and enhance their skills as mentoring practitioner and gain competence as
facilitators in labour market services. These may include but are not limited to Youth Leaders, Community or Club Leads, Parents, and Teachers with pastoral care responsibilities.

Participants will have a minimum of 6 months experience as a mentor or mentee in paired or group mentoring sessions, whether in a formal or informal setting. They must have GCSE/Junior Cert/ Equivalent and be over 18 years old.