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Adult mentor

Objectives

To increase learner participation and improve learner outcomes in the Work & Life Skills Program. The objective of the mentoring role i​s to assist LINC Tasmania clients in work and lifeskills programs to become skilled, confident and independent learners.

Role and responsibilities

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting clients, either 1:1 or in small groups, with one or more of the following: 
    • Selecting courses of study and considering learning pathways, including pathways to employment 
    • Undertaking a course of study – including
      • understanding content, study requirements and assignment tasks
      • undertaking assignments
      • managing time
      • communicating with instructors and other learners 
    • Developing study skills required in their courses, such as using computer software
  • ​Leading/conducting community learning courses provided by LINC Tasmania 

Requirements

Applicants should be able to show: 
Personal attributes

  • The sensitivity, patience and respect needed for working with adult learners, particularly second-chance learners 
  • Good interpersonal communication skills, including the capacity to listen 
  • A preparedness to raise sensitive matters with learners and staff, and to recommend referrals 
  • Enthusiasm and the capacity for engagement with learners

​Specific work skills and experience 

  • Experience working as a mentor to adult learners, or a willingness to undertake training in mentoring 
  • Education, training and/or work experience appropriate to the Work & Life Skills Program 
  • Good basic computer skills 
  • A willingness to be flexible – for example, with changes to appointments or to the required tasks

Please note that minimum education levels are not specified

General requirements Prior to any engagement as a learning mentor, applicants have to

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Be registered to Work with Vulnerable People
  • Commit to the terms of volunteering with LINC Tasmania​
  • Complete some communication and record-keeping procedures

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Other additional information


​The role of LINC Tasmania in adult learning

LINC Tasmania provides opportunities for adult Tasmanians to continue to learn. Our aims are

  • To build skills in our communities, and
  • To encourage Tasmanians to be active, informed and connected

Adults include people 18 years and over but, in some circumstances, people aged 15–17 may take part in LINC Tasmania programs

The Work  and Life Skills Program

LINC Tasmania enables pathways to education and training and the workforce. We deliver short courses to build basic skills. Courses cover computer and digital technology and other skills needed for work and life. LINC Tasmania also assists learners to access accredited courses run by other providers. Examples include:

  • ​Short courses:
    • Computing 4 Me
    • First Gear
    • Be Ready for Work 
  • ​​Accredited training:
    • Certificate I in Access to Work & Training
    • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology
    • Certificate III in Education Support
    • University Preparation Program

The need for volunteer learning mentors

While many adult learners require little or no assistance, others need to​ build their skills and confidence as learners in order to succeed. Skilled volunteers can increase the chances of adult Tasmanians engaging with learning.

Mentor and learner matching

We match volunteer mentors with individuals or small groups of learners, according to shared subject interests and the mentor’s skills and availability. Most mentoring meetings are conducted once or twice a week. Suitably skilled mentors may also conduct short courses designed to build basic skills.

Support for learning mentors

LINC Tasmania staff will support volunteers. We will provide Initial training where required. We also enable other opportunities for volunteer training.

Coordinators provide volunteers with feedback on their mentoring, and seek their feedback on the mentoring role and the learners’ progress.

Steps to becoming a volunteer adult learning mentor with LINC Tasmania

  • Read the information on our website, and consider all the possible volunteering roles. 
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator at your local LINC, library or online access centre to discuss the roles that interest you, and the available opportunities. They will tell you about any public information sessions scheduled in your area. 
  • If you choose to apply to become an adult learning mentor, the coordinator will supply you with a volunteer application form. Send your completed form to the LINC, library or online access centre you wish to volunteer with.
  • When we receive your volunteer application, and there are potentially suitable volunteering opportunities, the coordinator will invite you to come to an interview. They will advise you if there are no current opportunities in your location, and may contact you again later. 
  • We may contact your referees, either before or after your interview. 
  • We may give you feedback on your application. 
  • If you are considered suitable for a volunteering position:
    • You must register to Work with Vulnerable People
    • You will be asked to agree to the LINC Tasmania terms of volunteering
    • You will be offered a volunteering position when a suitable opportunity arises