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Happy holidays

Prostart would like to wish all our learners and employers a Happy Holidays.

Holiday Closure
Prostart Offices will be closed from Wednesday 22nd of December until Tuesday the 4th of January.
Please be aware that some members of our staff will be breaking up before then and others working from home until the 23rd of December, but you will be provided with contact
details of another member of staff if you need support. You can contact the main office on 0115 9468182 up to the 23rd of December.

Prostart Update

Achievement Statistics
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We have all had a difficult time over the last 2 years and Prostart would like to thank all learners for their focus and dedication to their studies during this time. Some of you have been on the front line of public service or dealing with pressures of work.

However, since the 1st of August Prostart have had 22 Apprentices achieve their Apprenticeship Standard and 86% have achieved the grade 'Distinction'.

Prostart would like to congratulate all the Apprentices for their hard work, with a special Well Done to our own Administration Apprentice Olivia Purdy who recently completed her EPA with 100% Distinction!

If you have recently achieved and would be interested in completing a case study about your qualification with Prostart please e-mail


Below is some recent feedback from Apprentices. Prostart collate all feedback so please complete our feedback forms or send us an e-mail.
Really pleased to have finally completed my Institute of Leadership and Management qualification.

Now, I can certainly say I didnt think I would start this course then end up having to complete it remotely, learning online, all whilst mobilising a team to work from home and dealing with the pressures Covid presented us both professionally and personally. Even happier to have dealt with all that and still managed to achieve a ‘DISTINCTION’.

The tutors at Prostart have been amazing, especially Tracy Brown who’s determination and resilience supported us all through this course in very challenging circumstances.

Now to put all my learning into practice and look forward to the opportunities ahead. 🙂
Just had feedback from one of my learners which was really lovely. She has now finished her training sessions and want to feed back to me how she has found them and send out a special mention to Claire Moreton. She says that she found Claire’s BA3 session really good. She felt that Claire had really good knowledge of the standard and like how she linked the training back to the types of evidence they would need to put in her portfolio and also how all the modules linked together and also she linked it back to the Interview questions for her EPA.

She says she always came out feeling like she had learnt a lot and she knew exactly what she needed to do and where everything fit together.
“Assuming it’s Prostart that you will be delivering the course, they are a brilliant provider and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my own apprenticeship journey with them. “
Dec robins

Fun Facts About Christmas

  1. Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’s donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
2. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

3.The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843. Featuring a family drinking wine, one sold for £8,469 in 2014.

4. Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.

5. According to tradition, you should eat one mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas to bring good luck.

6. It’s technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been rescinded.

Safeguarding & Prevent

Winter Update

Stay safe this winter, if you are going to a Christmas Market wrap up warm.
If you see something out of place, trust your instincts, it's better to be safe, report in confidence to In an emergency call 999.


      Don’t advertise what’s inside your home

      You can do this by:
      • Disposing of packaging and boxes carefully
      • Advising delivery companies of a safe place to leave your parcels, if you’re not going to be home when they arrive
      • Keep gifts and important or expensive items somewhere safe that’s out of view
      • If you’re going away over the festive season ask a friend to keep an eye on your home and to clear any post away from your front door. You could also ask them to open and close your curtains or blinds too
      • Avoid sharing too much information about where you are, when you’re going, or what you’ve got on social media. Thieves are increasingly using sites such as Instagram or Facebook to identify potential targets.
      • Do you always lock up before you go out? One in three burglaries are down to people leaving their doors and windows open and unlocked. Take time to lock up properly whenever you go out and even when you are elsewhere in your property.
      Think about using a timer that switches on lights and radios to make it look like someone’s home.

      My time at Prostart

      By Paige – Traineeship Programme
      My time at Prostart:
      Whilst being at Prostart from September 2021 to November 2021 I have learnt and done a variety of things such as:
      • Doing admin work, for example shredding, printing, photo copying, laminating and sorting money out (petty cash receipts).
      • I have also done lessons on important things for example, managing money, preparing for an interview, positive behaviours at work and applying for a job.
      • I have also looked around for some apprenticeships.
      It has been useful at Prostart as they have helped me by trying to find me apprenticeships in the type of jobs I think I will enjoy working in. I have also helped around the office by tidying the cupboards and changing things around on the notice boards, I have also called the staff of Prostart whilst doing the duty of care check-up. The training sessions I have received from Emma and Denise have been helpful and have also given me a lot more experience and knowledge in things I will need later on in the future.

      Charity Fundraising Apprentice Story

      Brain Tumour Researh
      A massive well done to Prostart learner Aston who bravely did a skydive for Brain Tumour Research.

      So I jumped 14,000ft out on an airplane, freefalling at 120mph for 45 seconds before parachuting to the ground! I raised over £550 for Brain Tumour Research and I already want to go back up and do it all over again!

      Learner Benefits – Did you know?

      As an Apprentice you are entitled to various benefits and discounts through the National Union of Students’ Apprentice Extra discount card. This card has discounts available on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out. The card costs £11 for 1 year and £19 for two years, you get discounts from the likes of The Co-op, Amazon, Dominos, Alton Towers, New Look and much much more!
      To apply please visit the link below:
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