The main requirements of a school mentor are:
- an ability to form good relationships with a wide range of young people and their families/carers and within a variety of organisations
- an ability to gain the confidence of children, schools, agencies and people in the community
- business skills in negotiating, planning and managing activities.
Learning mentors need good listening skills and an understanding of health and social issues that affect children's development. They will need to understand the school curriculum and the needs of learners.
Mentors need competence in literacy and numeracy and may require GCSE/S grades (A to C) or equivalent in English and maths. Previous experience of working with young people is an advantage.
Learning mentors attend a six-day training programme once they are appointed.