Professional Development Programmes

As part of our support for the professional development for mentors and coaches of practitioners in Further Education and Training, the ETF are offering 3 professional development courses:

  1. Getting Ready to Mentor Teachers and Trainers in Further Education
  2. Mentoring Skills for New Mentors
  3. Advanced Mentoring for Experienced Mentors

A self directed online course running of 3 weeks providing an introduction to mentoring for practitioners in the Further Education sector interested in mentoring teachers and trainers.  

Aimed at staff in the FE sector interested in finding out about mentoring, teachers who have trained previously in mentoring and want a refresher and teachers who may wish to progress on to our other mentoring programmes.  

To find out more information, please visit the ETF booking page 

Bookings are now open for the Getting ready to mentor online course which will start in September. Once you have booked your place, we will be in touch in September to provide you with a link to access the course.

Each of the programmes below will take place between September 2021 to February 2022 and all participants will receive a certificate on completion. 325 FE practitioners who are mentoring or coaching colleagues (teachers or trainers) will have the opportunity to participate in one of these free professional development programmes below.

A blended programme running over six months for those who are new or relatively new to mentoring teachers in the FE sector. This course will provide participants with an opportunity to experience a variety of mentoring techniques. Alongside the programme, participants will engage in facilitated action learning sets and will be required to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of mentoring over the six-month period enabling them to draw on their first-hand experiences throughout the programme. 

A blended programme for those who have experience mentoring teachers in the FE sector or with qualifications in mentoring. Practitioners will develop advanced mentoring skills and critically reflect on the contexts in which they work. Participants will form action learning sets, will be expected to undertake a development project, and write a short report. For example, a mentor could conduct a small-scale investigation into common challenges mentors face in their organisation and share their findings with their in-house Quality team. 

This course will provide participants with simulation exercises to experience and reflect on advanced practical mentoring techniques in a safe space. Alongside the programme, participants will be required to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of mentoring over the six-month period.


Applications for 2021-22 Mentoring Skills for New Mentors and Advanced Mentoring Skills for Experienced Mentors courses are now closed. To register your interest for our mentoring activities for 2022-23 please complete this short survey.

Information available for 2021-22

Ringfenced places

The DfE and ETF have ringfenced 25% of places on two of the Mentoring Programmes: Mentoring Skills for New Mentors and Advanced Mentoring Skills for Experienced Mentors. These places will be for applicants who satisfy one or more of three criteria:

  • those working in one of the 12 opportunity areas*;
  • people with a disability
  • those from black and minority ethnic communities

The offer is being made in line with the ETF’s commitment to fairer access to courses and social mobility and recognises the diversity of the further education sector.

Those wishing to secure a place should apply via the mentoring application process, stating which of the three criteria they meet when prompted to do. You might meet more than one of the criteria above, however, you only need to select one of them. All participants who identify with one of the criteria below can also apply via the main route if they prefer. Signing up for ringfenced places indicates a willingness to be contacted by ETF’s evaluation team, which will be assessing the impact of the initiative.

*The 12 opportunity areas are Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, North Yorkshire Coast, Stoke, and West Somerset


For each mentor allocated a place on the Mentoring Skills for New Mentors or Advanced Mentoring for Experienced Mentors programmes, their employer will receive a grant of up to £6,000. There will be a maximum of five grants available per FE provider. Depending on initial uptake, there may be additional places available at a later date. 

For more information on the grant offer please visit our grant information page

For any queries please contact