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Prostart Update

Prostart offices are still closed to learners until further notice unless arranged with a member of staff or to sit examinations. Training sessions will be carried out remotely and we have a limited number of staff working in the office.
Asymptomatic Community Testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms
There are Lateral Flow Testing Centres locally at West Park Leisure Centre from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week. Stapleford Library - Tuesdays 8am – 6pm, Wednesday 7am – 5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 8am – 6pm and Saturdays 8.30am – 1pm
Remember you don’t need to book – just turn up. (Testing is voluntary)
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Map of testing and vaccination centres for Nottingham
Further information please go to:
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TS = Testing points for people with symptoms (pre-booked appointments)
TN = Testing points for people with symptoms (walk through centres)
A = Testing points for people without symptoms
V = Vaccination Centres
For details of testing centres for Nottinghamshire
If you have symptoms, you should not go to a community test centre, but you should book to get a PCR test via the NHS Test and Trace scheme or phone 119.

New National Minimum Wage Rates from April 2021

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission as regards the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply with effect from 1 April 2021:
  • The NLW will increase from £8.72 to £8.91 per hour, and will apply to those aged 23 or over, rather than those aged 25 or over as at present;
  • The NMW for 21- and 22-year-olds will increase from £8.20 to £8.36 per hour;
  • The NMW for 18- to 20-year-olds will increase from £6.45 to £6.56 per hour;
  • The NMW for 16- and 17-year-olds will increase from £4.55 to £4.62 per hour; and
  • The apprentice rate of the NMW, which applies to apprentices aged under 19 or those aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase from £4.15 to £4.30 per hour.
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates - GOV.UK (
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Employer News

From 1 April 2021, the ESFA are making updates to the reservation of funds for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This change will enable employers to recruit additional apprentices and provide them with greater flexibility and reassurance when planning their apprenticeship programmes.

Employers can make up to 10 new reservations
From 1 April 2021, we will reset reservation levels for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This will enable employers to make up to 10 new reservations to fund new apprenticeship starts in the financial year 2021-22.
We will continue to monitor the number of reservations used by employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy and we will keep this under review.
Funds transferred from employers who pay the levy to other employers through the apprenticeship service are not included when measuring the number of reservations.
Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy can reserve funds for training and assessment in the ‘finance’ section of their apprenticeship service account. They can also give training providers permission to do this on their behalf.
Employers can reserve funds up to 6 months in advance
From 1 April 2021, we are extending the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy from 3 to 6 months. This means that from 1 April, these employers will be able to reserve funds up to 6 months before an apprenticeship is planned to start.
This will give employers greater flexibility when planning their apprenticeship programmes and reassure them that funding for apprenticeships is available for a longer period.

Deadline for Incentive Payments

The deadline for employers to apply for the incentive payment for new apprentices hired between August 2020 and March 2021 is approaching. Eligible employers must apply for their incentive payment by the end of 31 May 2021.
Incentive payment for apprentices who joined organisations before 1 April 2021
  • Employers with apprentices who have a contract of employment start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 and who also have a practical period (training) start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 May 2021 are eligible for an incentive payment
  • For new apprentices aged 16 to 24, employers will receive £2,000
  • For new apprentices aged 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500
  • Employers must apply for these apprentices by the end of 31 May 2021
  • Employers can visit the guidance page for more details
How to apply
Employers can apply for the incentive payment via the Finances section in their apprenticeship service account. For a walk-through of the process, employers can watch the support video

Safeguarding & Prevent

Currently the UK National Threat Level is SUBSTANTIAL, meaning a terrorist attack in the UK is likely.
Act early
The UK's terrorism threat level was downgraded on 8th February 2021 from "severe" to "substantial". Home Secretary Priti Patel said the move followed a "significant reduction" in the momentum of attacks in Europe - since those seen in Austria and France between September and November 2020.

Online Extremism

Online extremism remains a significant problem across all areas & sectors & features in almost all aspects of radicalisation
Extremists & terrorists utilise the online environment for: recruitment videos, propaganda and extremist rhetoric to inspire individuals, attack planning. It can be used in the contexts of:
-Self Radicalisation
-Radicalising others
Downloading or sharing extremist content online or via social media platforms may constitute a terrorist offence

The iREPORTit app

Ireport stop terrorism
The iREPORTit app has been funded by City Hall and created in partnership with the national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit. It will enable Londoners and people across the country to report terrorist content online quickly, easily and anonymously to the police using their smartphone.
The new app recognises that we all have a part to play in rooting out terrorism wherever it is found. It is free to download now on Android and Apple devices and allows users to flag any terrorist content online or on social media in three quick and easy steps. The anonymous reports will go directly to the national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), which has successfully sought the removal of hundreds of thousands of links to terrorist material and assisted more than 500 counter terrorism investigations nationally in the last two years.
Useful website links:
Stay Safe Film - GOV.UK (
NSPCC Online safety | NSPCC
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Lets talk about it - Lets Talk About It - Staying Safe Online (

Platforms such as Infotagion provide a fact-checking service using sources from the WHO and Government to respond to a range of disinformation themes shared online related to COVID.

The Government’s SHARE checklist provides a useful guide for how to spot false and misleading content.

Ofcom host a number of resources to assist on their ‘Cutting through the Covid-19 confusion’ page, which includes fact-checking content, official guidance and support for parents and children.

Learner of the Month

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Learning & Development Coach Kerren Bowler has nominated Vicky as learner of the month.
Vicky is an excellent learner, very dedicated, motivated learner who is doing really well. She is ahead of progression by 20%. Her assignments are completed to a very high level.
I look forward to my visits with her every month and has adapted really well to remote learning. Her recorded observations/discussions are extremely professional and again, Vicky shows a high level of knowledge and expertise which meets the criteria of the units.
Vicky completes her assignments in her own time whilst holding a full time demanding role. Vicky also is a scout team leader and manages scout leaders in her own time
I am so proud of Vicky’s commitment to her qualification and is a great ambassador of work base qualifications.
Vicky has a very supportive manager Angie Godfrey who is supporting Vicky once she has completed her Admin Level 4 to continue with her qualifications to progress onto the Management and Leadership Level 5 qualification.
Vicky should be very proud of herself.

Prostart News

Please join us in congratulating Eve on being a member of the Prostart Team for 20 years this year. Prostart would like to thank Eve for her dedication and service to the company.


To the Facilities learners at Nottingham Trent University shown here receiving their certificates alongside their Manager.

Prostart Traineeship Programme Feedback

I decided to enrol onto the Traineeship as I was currently in college at the time and it was so hard to attend due to Covid-19 and it was also so hard to learn something so practical online. Doing a Traineeship was so ideal for me at the time for personal and educational reasons. I thought I could get back into the one thing I wanted to do most through a business administration Traineeship. The main benefits from the Traineeship is, it has helped me gain so much more confidence within myself and within my career. I have learnt how to build a CV and how to be efficient and effective in interviews and applying for jobs. Another benefit is I have learnt what skills I have which I could bring to a job and make me stand out. I have also benefited by understanding what I am like as a person and what I am capable of. The biggest benefit I have gained is gaining new friends from the Traineeship and securing a job of my dreams. Prostart have helped me a lot. They have helped me gain my English qualification by giving me 1:1 lessons and pass papers to try. Prostart has also helped me to be successful at interviews by giving me a lesson right before my interview to help me become prepped and give me some interview tips which has really helped me to become where I am now. Another way prostart has supported me is whenever I have needed help they was always there at the other end of the phone or an email. I first heard about Prostart through an Apprenticeship I had applied for on the Government website. When I later got feedback from the application from Prostart, they kept in contact with me to put me onto a Traineeship.
I couldn’t thank Prostart enough for the motivation and support. I really wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them, I am a confident individual who is working in a dream job giving every thing they have to be successful. For anyone that gets given the chance to go onto a Traineeship with Prostart GO FOR IT! They make dreams come true.

Health and Wellbeing


Equality & Diversity

Cultural Awareness

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Cultural Awareness
When we interact in cross cultural situations, a lack of awareness can lead to bad or poor decisions. Cultural awareness helps us reduce the chances of making bad decisions and increases the chance of us making more insightful, considered decisions.
Understanding your own culture, and how it shapes your behavior, is also an important part of being culturally aware. For example, if you're faced with a cultural behavior that's very different from your own, think about how and why you behave the way you do.
There are different activities you can complete in the workplace to promote cultural awareness, these can include:
  • Celebrating monthly holidays / multicultural calendars
  • International food days
  • a bulletin board display to celebrate cultural diversity
For more information on cultural awareness , please visit your learner Padlets or Prostart website.

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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