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ILM Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mentoring Skills

Who is this qualification for?

The Award in Introduction to Mentoring Skills aims to equip team leaders and aspiring first time managers with the skills and knowledge to understand and undertake effective mentoring to aid their own personal development. This will enable them to move into supervisory and management roles later with greater ease.

Benefits for individuals

  • Develop an understanding of the role and nature of mentoring
  • Utilise mentoring skills to reflect on your own performance – learn key listening and questioning techniques
  • Understand how to organise mentoring activities – plan for effective mentoring sessions
  • Reflect on your own performance – define the goals, progress and actions needed to improve

Benefits for employers

  • Give team leaders and aspiring first time managers the skills they need to progress and develop
  • Develop a mentoring culture in your organisation by introducing key mentoring skills and techniques

There are two mandatory units in the Award. ‘Understanding Mentoring’ helps learners to develop an understanding of the role and nature of mentoring, while ‘Developing Mentoring Skills’ enables learners to undertake mentoring to reflect on their performance and identify areas for improvement


Successful learners will be able to progress to other new qualifications such as:

  • ILM Level 3 Award in Coaching
  • ILM Level 3 Award in Mentoring
  • ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management

Qualification overview

Qualification title and number Credit value Structure
Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mentoring Skills 5 credits ▶ 2 hour induction
▶ At least 3 hours tutorial support
▶ One mandatory unit*

Rules of combination

  • Learners must achieve a total of 5 credits from the 2 mandatory units to achieve this qualification

Overview of units

Reference Unit Title Level CV * GLH **
8583-200 (H/506/3546) Understanding Mentoring 2 3 7
8583-201 (K/505/5142) Developing Mentoring Skills 2 3 7

*Credit value. **Guided learning hours.

Learning resources

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Our ethos

Our qualifications combine innovative design with a strong focus on workplace performance, we believe this delivers well-rounded leaders and managers with a proven ability to perform to the required standards

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