Privacy Notice

Learning and Work Institute are leading the evaluation of the Career Learning Pilots that are being delivered in five LEPs across the country. As part of the new General Data Protection Regulation, we have a duty to let you know how your information will be used. This privacy notice will explain the legal basis for processing your information, why we need to collect it and how you can get in touch if you have any questions.

Why do you need my information?

The Career Learning Pilots aim to find out whether subsidised courses and targeted outreach activity make a difference to the number of people who take up learning. It also looks at the impact that learning can have on employment outcomes and the earnings of individuals. The information you provide will enable us to monitor and assess any effects of the pilot.

The findings of the evaluation will help inform the development of the National Retraining Scheme.

The legal basis for processing your data

The legal basis for processing your information for this project is consent. All participants will be informed, either in writing or verbally, of the purpose of the pilots and how their data will be used in the evaluation.

Any consent that you may have given to take part in this evaluation is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time.

Who will see my personal information?

Learning and Work Institute are leading the evaluation of the Career Learning Pilots and will have access to the information you have provided in order to carry out the evaluation. If you have given permission, your personal information (including name, address, phone number, email address and some basic demographic information) may be passed on to other members of the evaluation team (including Kantar Public) who may contact you with the opportunity to take part in further follow-up research.

If you have given permission, then your personal information may be shared with the Department for Education, so that they can look at the effect of learning on subsequent employment and earnings.

Your personal information will not be seen by, or shared with, anyone that you have not given permission to.

What will happen to my information?

The information you provide as part of the evaluation will be used for research purposes only.

You will be asked if you give permission for your information to be linked to other records about you, held by Government, for up to five years. This is to look at the effect that learning can have on employment outcomes and earnings over time. You will also be asked if you want to be contacted, for up to three years, with an offer to take part in further research that is part of this evaluation. This would consist of taking part in a survey or interview, either online or by talking to a researcher. This is so that we can learn if the pilot achieved its purpose by talking to the people who took part.

The length of time your data will be securely held will depend on what you give permission for. The minimum length of time that information will be stored for is until the end of July 2019. Individuals who give permission for their data to be linked with other datasets will have their data stored for up to five years.

What say do I have in this?

You do not have to provide any information that you do not want to. Furthermore, under the GDPR you have a number of rights as an individual, even after you have given information and consented to it being used for research purposes.

You have the right to:

  • Withdraw any consent you may have given, at any point.
  • Request that any personal information that you gave as part of the evaluation is deleted.
  • Request access to the personal information that is held about you.

You can read more about the rights granted to you under GDPR here:

Who can I contact for further information, if I want to make a complaint or to exercise my rights?

If you have any further questions about how your data will be used or would like to withdraw from the study, then please contact Oliver Crunden at

Additionally, under the new GDPR legislation you have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office, which can be reached at