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News - National Apprenticeship Week 2019 date announced

The date of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week - to take place in 2019 – has been announced and will run from 4 to 8 March 2019.
Keith Smith, Apprenticeships Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said, "National Apprenticeship Week is an important date in the academic calendar and I am delighted to announce the date for National Apprenticeship Week 2019".
More information on National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will be announced on GOV.UK and on social media channels. Follow @Apprenticeships on Twitter and National Apprenticeship Service on LinkedIn to keep up to date.

Tip of the Month - Assignment Writing Tips

  • Determine the purpose of the assignment
  • Determine the scope of the assignment – what needs to be covered and what does not
  • Discuss the purpose and scope of the assignment with your Tutor/ Assessor
Report Writing
  • Proceed in an orderly and structured approach – it may seem obvious but it would be silly to write your conclusion if you have not even started your research
  • Plan your assignment before you write it
  • The assignment must meet the criteria for the number of words
typing report
  • Reference detailed information that is not essential to the assignment or add it to an appendix
  • Make sure that your assignment flows logically with an introduction, body and conclusion
  • Follow a conventional structure as shown and...
  • Lay out your assignment in a visually appealing way
    • Space your assignment so that it is easy to read
    • Number sections, paragraphs and pages in accordance with the directions provided by your Tutor
  • Check your assignment at least twice before you send it
  • Pay attention to your spelling,
  • Pay attention to punctuation
  • Pay attention to grammar as well
Don’t rely on your grammar and spell checker

Industry News

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  • Starts on new apprenticeships increased six-fold in 2017/18
  • There were 163,700 starts in 2017/18 on apprenticeship standards, up from 24,600 the previous academic year
The number of people who started on new apprenticeships increased six-fold last academic year, latest figures have shown.
There were 163,700 starts in 2017/18 on apprenticeship standards, which are developed by groups of employers with the Institute for Apprenticeships. This was a huge increase from 24,600 the previous academic year.
The figures were revealed in the Department for Education’s final year data published in December.
Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, said: “I am really pleased that there has been a major increase in the number of starts on standards-based apprenticeships, which shows that good progress is being made with the reform programme.” Source:

Upcoming events

Chinese New Year - Saturday 2nd Feb 10:30am - 5:30pm
Where: Old Market Square
This is a free event.
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Chinese New Year
Notts Light Night
Light Night 2019 - Friday 8 February 2019
Take an orbital journey across the City from the canalside to the Creative Quarter and beyond this Light Night, supported by It’s In Nottingham!

Discover stunning light installations, exciting performances and plenty of opportunities to get involved – all inspired by the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 spaceflight and landing of the first man on the moon. From 6pm till late.

Company News

We are starting a Passport to Success Traineeship programme in partnership with PATRA this month. This is in addition to our Passport to Success Traineeship programme that is currently running at the Belgrave rooms. This training programme is suitable for anyone that needs work skills training before progressing onto an Apprenticeship.
If you know anyone aged 16-18 currently not in education, training or employment this course could be suitable for them. For further information about this programme contact
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Did you know?

Stan Lee the American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics created Hands of Respect. After a lifetime of envisioning superheroes that could make the world a better place, Stan Lee created Hands of Respect to invite us to do the same

Prostart Member of Staff Profile

Curtis Ferrin - Financial Administrator
“Since I started with Prostart as an apprentice in 2015 I have been involved many aspects of the business and learned a lot along the way. Currently I am responsible for a lot of the financial tasks involved with running the company, such as raising invoices, processing travel claims and managing the Petty Cash account. I am very thankful for the experiences I have had here, these have been a great few years and I look forward to many more. “
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Frequently Asked Question:-
Why do I need functional skills?
Functional Skills are the fundamental ENGLISH, MATHS and ICT skills that people need for their working and personal lives. ... English and maths are essential subjects that are included in most training and education programmes. They are a required component of Diplomas, Foundation Learning Programmes and Apprenticeships/ Standards qualifications.
Level 1 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade E-D, and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade C-A*.

Apprentice Case Study

Since working with Prostart I have achieved my Level 1 Business Administration, English reading and writing functional skills and I am currently working towards my Level 2 Customer Service.
Amy Lawson
After leaving school with not very good qualifications, I started college and discovered that it was not the place for me. I thought that an apprenticeship would be the best option for me as I could achieve qualifications while having a job.

I achieved much more than I thought I was going to as I gained a lot of transferable skills, I don’t think I would have learnt in a college environment. The main benefit from working with Prostart has been securing a permanent role with my current job. I am also happy about achieving English as I never thought I would have a second opportunity to do so.

Prostart have supported me by always being in contact, Prostart make regular contact with me and reassure me that they are there if I need anything.

I would say that an Apprenticeship is a foot up the ladder to get you where you want to be and gives you a great opportunity to achieve more. My employer has been a huge help as they are there to help me and motivate me when I need it. My employer also makes sure that I always have enough time to complete any outstanding course work.

Product Spotlight

Prostart are now delivering the Events Assistant Level 3 Standard.
Events Assistant Qualification

Health & Wellbeing

The food you eat can have an impact on how your mind and body works, so a basic knowledge of how to eat healthily will help you get the most out of your university experience and create healthy lifetime eating habits.
The government recommends that we eat a diet that is based on starchy carbohydrates such as breads, potatoes, and other cereals, choosing wholegrain varieties, or eating potatoes with their skins on for more fibre. It is also recommended to eat a diet rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables, include moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, moderate amounts of lean meat and fish and other non-dairy protein sources and limited amounts of foods containing fat or sugars.

No single food can provide you with all the essential nutrients the body needs. Therefore, it is important that you eat a wide variety of foods which will provide you with adequate amounts of essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals and dietary fibre, which are all important for your physical health and well-being.
As money may be tight, buying fruit and vegetables that are in season is usually cheaper, as is buying loose produce or fruit and vegetables from local markets. You can also save money by peeling and chopping vegetables yourself rather than buying ready prepared produce. Frozen and canned fruit and vegetables are also good options and still count as one of your 5 A DAY and can be stored until needed. If choosing canned fruit or vegetables try to go for versions without added salt or sugar.

Safeguarding & Prevent – Quick Quiz to test your knowledge

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Equality & Diversity – Quick Quiz to test your knowledge uality-diversity-quiz/

Health & Safety

Temperatures are dropping and if the forecast is correct we will be welcoming in February with snow and ice. If you have to drive in bad weather make sure you are prepared; have a blanket and a fully charged phone for emergencies. Also remember to let someone know where you are going.

To see the latest Prostart vacancies:-

If you are interested in any of the positions above or need any further information please contact the Recruitment Team below:

Nina Ricci: 0115 9835837 /
Lawrence Turton : 0115 9835823 /
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