The University of Brighton is currently looking to recruit a national network of high-quality mentors with expertise in technical subjects to support service leavers as they transition to a high quality career as teachers in further education.
Mentors will receive training in the University of Brighton’s approach to using the ‘ONSIDE Mentoring Framework’ (Hobson, 2016, 2019).
In order to gain the full benefits of ‘ONSIDE’ mentorship it is vital that:
- the mentoring is independent of other aspects of their programme and employment
- mentors undertake appropriate training, development and networking opportunities
- mentees (participating service leavers) are provided with training in how to make the most of the mentoring offer
- mentors and mentees have opportunities for both face-to-face and remote interaction.
Mentors employed by the programme will:
- have technical subject experience and expertise
- have knowledge of and engagement within the further education sector
- have relevant teaching experience
- have previous experience of mentoring trainees
- have appropriate personal and professional characteristics
- be an active member of the professional community
- possess a minimum level of ability to engage in critical reflection on their own practice
Key duties of the role will include:
- supporting the trainee’s professional, pedagogical and subject/vocational knowledge development
- supporting the trainee’s career transition from service leaver to trainee teacher
- identifying the trainee’s development priorities and devising an individual mentor support plan to meet these needs in collaboration with the trainee
- being supportive of the trainee’s well-being