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Employer News

Apply for the hire a new apprentice payment

You still have time to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. Applications close on 30 November 2021. From 11 January 2022, you will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications close on 15 May 2022. Guidance on how to apply and more information below:-


For apprentices with an employment start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021, applications close on 30 November 2021. These apprentices must also have an apprenticeship start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021. From 11 January 2022, you will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications close on 15 May 2022.

How to apply

To receive the payment, you must submit an application for each eligible apprentice using your apprenticeship service account. You will need to add the apprentices to your apprenticeship service account first.

When you’ll get paid

We’ll send the payment in 2 equal instalments for each apprentice. To be eligible, your apprentice must complete:
  • 90 days of their apprenticeship for your first payment
  • 365 days of their apprenticeship for your second payment
Once the apprenticeship information has been checked, we will process the payments. Payments will be made on the 14th working day of the month, it can take up to 3 days for the payments to reach your account. You can track when your payments are due to be paid on your view applications page. We cannot send any payments until we’ve received and verified the organisation and finance details. This could take up to 80 days.

Safeguarding & Prevent

What does having consent mean and why is it important?

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Consent is defined as an agreement made by someone with the freedom and
ability to decide something. Under the law, it is the person seeking consent who
is responsible for ensuring that these conditions are met.
Consent has to be given freely and no one can be made to consent to something.
It’s not consent if someone does something because they feel they have to.
Consent is important in a relationship because consent means that you have given permission, and that someone has given you permission to engage in any intimate activity for sex.
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Consent is an essential part of healthy relationships and it's really important to know what it is and the many ways to spot it.
You can also never assume that someone is giving consent – you have to be sure.
The Home Office ‘Disrespect Nobody’ campaign provides more advice and information, including sexting, relationship abuse, rape, porn and harassment.

If you would like more information about consent you can take this free course Online learning for educators delivering RSE on consent – Brook

Further information on recognising Consent
Disrespect NoBody | Consent | Recognising Consent
Disrespect NoBody | Consent | Advice on consent
If you need help you can speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at Prostart or further information on getting help can be found here: Disrespect NoBody | Need Help?

Prostart Designated Safeguarding Leads:-
Paula Vaughan -
Eve Adams -

Derbyshire Constabulary sent out this message in September about Consent -
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UK terrorism threat level raised to SEVERE

The UK National Threat Level has been raised from substantial to SEVERE – meaning an attack is highly likely.
UK terrorism threat level raised to SEVERE - GOV.UK (

Advice and Guidance can be found on the Prostart Padlet which can be located in your portfolio resources. Ask your Learning & Development Coach about the Padlet.
Stay Safe Film - GOV.UK (
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Echo Chambers

What is an echo chamber?
An echo chamber is an environment where a person only encounters information or opinions that reflect and reinforce their own. Echo chambers can appear online or offline - but it’s more likely to occur online where you can quickly and easily find like-minded people and perspectives.
Why does it matter?
Echo chambers can create misinformation and distort a person’s perspective so they have difficulty considering opposing viewpoints and discussing complicated topics. It’s important that young people are able to gather information from a range of sources and consider other people’s views.
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Health & Wellbeing

Apps to help self-management
There is a plethora of apps that can help with health-management, remote-monitoring and staying healthy. However, app stores are unregulated, and 85% of apps do not meet ORCHA's quality threshold.
This website provides links to apps that meet their threshold for a range of conditions – but the following apps are for self-care and anxiety:
  • Wysa* is an emotionally intelligent chatbot which employs research-backed, widely used techniques such as CBT, DBT, Yoga and meditation, to support users with stress, anxiety, sleep, loss and a whole range of other mental health and wellness needs.
  • Your.MD is a health tracker and symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, which has been developed by doctors and data scientists. It provides instant personalised health information and services, whenever and wherever it’s needed, for free.
  • eQuoo* is an evidence-based Emotional Fitness Game, combining the excitement and joy of gaming and the expertise of mental health professionals to provide a new form of mobile prevention and therapy for young adults 18-28-years old.
(* may involve in-app purchase)
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NHS Apps-library
NHS has an app library and there are a number of Apps that are free that link to stress, anxiety, self-harm and other mental health related support here.
Other support is available through well known national charities and it is worth sharing those numbers across your organisation:
  • Your GP or GPs out of hours service
  • Childline up to 18 yrs 0800 1111
  • NSPCC up to 18 yrs 0808 800 5000 24/7
  • Samaritans – 18+ confidential listening service open 24/7 116 123
  • Papyrus Hopeline UK – for young people feeling suicidal open Mon-Fr 10-10 Sat-Sun 2-5 0800 068 4141
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  • Mindinfoline 9am - 6pm 7days 0300 123 3393 text 86463
  • Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
  • TESS - 0780 047 2908 text support for girls and young women up to 24 years affected by self-harm. Open Sun-Thurs 7pm – 9pm
  • CASS Self Injury Helpline for women 0808 800 8088 FREE Mon to Thurs evenings from 7-10pm
Online Safety
NSPCC have a wealth of resources looking at keeping young people safe on line, with topics including online gaming, porn and sexting. All the resources and information are available here.
Q42 is a young peoples LGBTQ+ group based in Manchester but with national reach. They have published this guide on online safety for staying connected while isolated, there are also lots of useful links to other advice on e-safety here.
Student Mental Health Resources
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has produced a series of short ‘Vimeos’ which are between 15 and 30 minutes long and are targeted at students.
Being Kind to Yourself - students (and staff) are guided through a range of ways of self-care. This session is designed to meet this year’s MHA week theme of kindness.
Adverse Childhood experiences - an explanation of what ACES are and discussion of their impact.
Developing a Wellness Action Plan - how to use wellbeing action plan to manage mental wellbeing and signposts several other resources and support.
Head and brain outline with heart concept
Self care for students with eating disorders
Managing stress in today's world - an explanation of what stress is, what can cause stress and the potential impact on mental wellbeing. Alogn with suggestions for maintaining a healthy balance to manage stress successfully.
Mindfulness and staying present - explores how to use mindfulness in a practical day to day way, to stem the anxiety and reduce the tendency to become lost in a spiral of ‘what if’ scenarios that ramp up anxiety and impact negatively on mental health and wellbeing.
Managing the difficulties of working remotely in the current situation - addresses some of the issues that students might have when trying to focus on work and offers some strategies for managing this in face of the current, unprecedented situation.

Equality & Diversity

Anti-Bullying Week 15th - 19th November

It is Anti-Bullying this week and the theme is 'One Kind Word'. Further information can be found here Anti-Bullying Week (

'What would be your kind word'?
Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word (
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December 21 Diversity Calendar
1/12 World AIDS Day
3/12: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
10/12: International Human Rights Day
21/12: Yule Winter Solstice
25/12: Christmas
In May this year our MIS manager Pete passed away and we are all still missing him.
We decided to start donating money for Cancer Research in June and in October completed a challenge of 10000 steps a day. To date in memory of Pete we have raised £400.

We would like to send this message to all our friends and partners who have lost loved ones

Learner of the Month

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James Gregory of NUH – James has been nominated for learner of the month as he has made fantastic progress over the last 12 months through COVID while working in the NHS with depleted resources. James has been out of learning for several years, this was going to be a challenge to work full time and achieve a level 5 in 24 months. James has consistently worked over and above, in his own time also, to ensure that he produces the highest quality of course work. James is aiming for his end Point assessment to be earlier than the planned end date and this is all due to the time he has personally devoted to the course. Well Done James!

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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