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3 units, 1 hour of study per unit

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3 CPD hours



Online course description

Mentoring in the Workplace is a free online course that helps to you prepare for becoming a mentor and developing a valuable mentoring relationship.

This practical course has been designed, with input from key employers, to provide hints and tips to support good mentoring practice. It encourages personal reflection and development with regards to the skills and attributes of an effective mentor.

Key topics covered include:

Structure, certificates and assessment

Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.

High quality free online learning experience

In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

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An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 3 units, each will require approximately 1 hour of study.

Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

This first unit introduces the role of the mentor and the associated responsibilities. It encourages you to think about potential challenges you may face as a mentor and to consider ways in which you might mitigate these for the benefit of the mentoring relationship.

The second unit introduces tried and tested tools for successful mentoring relationships an helps to use these tools to plan your mentoring relationship with your mentee.

The third and final unit guides you through the mentoring process, applying what has been learned to date. The unit encourages reflection on learning in action.

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Course requirements

How to enrol

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

What you will need

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

Ann Minton
Course author

Ann Minton is the University of Derby’s Academic Lead for Apprenticeships.

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