OFSTED grade 2 in our April 2016 short inspection which has been maintained since our previous full inspection in April 2012. Key points from April 2016 short inspection:

  • You have maintained the strengths noted at the previous inspection and rectified the weaknesses. Both you and your senior managers have a realistic and detailed understanding of what further improvements are necessary and have implemented appropriate remedial actions. To view the full report click here Inspection Reports and feedback.

Matrix Quality Standard

We have been approved by The Matrix Quality Standard for Information Advice & Guidance since May 2007. This standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services.The matrix Standard comprises of four elements of Leadership and Management, Resources, Service Delivery and Continuous Quality Improvement.

Each element contains assessment criteria, all of which must be met to achieve accreditation. For Further Information visit Matrix website.

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance

Prostart Training have been an approved centre through HABC since December 2016 to deliver qualifications and Apprenticeships.





Career Mark

Derbyshire Connexions Career Mark Quality Kite Mark for Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance – Achieved May 2008.

Skills Funding Agency

Prostart are funded by the Skills Funding Agency to deliver Apprenticeships

Education Funding Agency

Prostart been contract by the Education Funding Agency to deliver Traineeship programmes to 16-18 year old.

City & Guilds

Prostart are a approved centre with City & Guilds to provide qualifications and Apprenticeships.



Prostart Training are a recognised centre with Pearson Awarding Body.


A Place To Call Our Own

Prostart work in partnership with Aptcoo as part of a project that has been created to develop centres of Excellence in the community for young people and their families. Aptcoo will be referring and providing support to a small group of learner’s that will be working at various organisation in the county on a Prostart’s Apprenticeship programme. The success of this will result in the creation of 3 other centres of excellence.

Aptcoo is a registered charity working positively together with other public and voluntary community organisations, to improve the quality of life for families with disabled children and or special educational needs (SEND), supporting them to increase their independence and firstly realise and progressively reach their full potential.

Disability Confident Employer

Prostart have been a Positive about Disability ‘Two Ticks’ since 2008 and have now been successfully reviewed as a Disability Confident Employer.

As a Disability Confident Employer we:
• Have undertaken and successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment

• Are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer

• Are offering at least one activity to get the right people for our business and at least one activity to keep and develop our people.


Prostart are working in partnership with PATRA to deliver a 16-18 year old Traineeship programme. PATRA is Nottingham based organisation whose aim is to provide opportunities for people from the BME communities, offering them the chance to improve their skills in order to help them to compete in the labour market. PATRA work within the inner cities of the East Midlands providing positive help, advice, mentoring and support.

This partnership programme started in December 2014. The Traineeship learners attend PATRA 2 days a week where Prostart deliver Employability training and teach Maths and English and the learners are then on placement for 3 days a week.


Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

Prostart are now an approved provider for ILM Management Apprenticeships at Level 2,3,4 and 5.


BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Prostart Training are now an member and approved centre of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Prostart will be delivering Digital Apprenticeships through BCS.