Collecting your data
Storing and using your data
Collecting your data
When do we collect your data?
There may be several times during our interactions with you when we may collect information about you:
What data do we collect?
We collect personal information about you when you make an enquiry, this can include:
When you book and pay for your course we collect additional information including:
When you come to the centre we may ask for more information including:
Legal permission to process your data
Data protection law in the UK has been strengthened to give you more control over how your personal information is used.
Companies must have a lawful reason to collect and hold your information. There are 3 main reasons that allow us to legitimately process your data:
You can ask us which reason we have used for processing your data, and you can withdraw your consent at any time. Email [email protected]
Further information on all the reasons allowed by law for processing personal data can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website:
Storing and using your data
How is your data stored?
We collect your data when we speak to you on the phone or in person or correspond with you by email or letter.
We record your personal details and information about the courses you have taken or enquired about on our secure Training Database. Some information may also be stored on our server, for example payment records or copies of emails.
We may also hold information about you on paper, for example course booking forms, registers, or other correspondence.
Is your data safe?
Data security is a vital part of our business, and we protect all the data we hold, including your personal information.
Skills Training Group has a comprehensive Data Protection Policy covering all aspects of data security. All our staff are signatories to this policy and are fully trained in data security. The policy covers the following areas to offer you the strongest protection for your information:
Sharing your data
We protect your information by never passing it on to third parties without your consent.
Qualifications you take with us may be awarded by external bodies such as City & Guilds and ERS. We have to share data with them relating to the completion of your qualifications, for example some of your personal information and details of the assessments you have taken with us. We only give them the information they need to award your certificates, and we work with them to ensure your privacy is respected.
When you contact us by telephone, we protect your data by ensuring that it is really you on the phone. You will be asked three security questions to confirm your identity and to ensure that we are not sharing your personal information with anyone else.
How long do we keep your data?
We will only keep your data for as long as it needed for the purpose that it was collected. We do this in accordance with the data retention principles of the ICO’s data protection guide.
These are some examples of why we may be retaining your data:
You have rights over your personal data, and Skills Training Group are committed to respecting these rights and answering any queries or requests you might have about them.
Full details of your rights and how to make requests can be found on the ICO website but this is how we deal with your rights over the data we hold.
Your right to be informed
Your right of access
You have the right to access all the personal information we hold about you. You can request this by emailing [email protected] and we will confirm if we are processing your data and provide access to all the data we hold. We will respond to a request for access within one month.
Your right of rectification
If there are mistakes in the information, we hold about you, you can ask to have inaccurate personal data corrected, or completed if it is incomplete. We will respond to a request for rectification within one month.
Your right to erasure
This is also known as the “right to be forgotten” and you can ask to have your personal data deleted.
You can ask for this if we only hold your data because you consented to receive marketing information such as email newsletters from us.
Your right to withdraw consent
If you have given us your consent to use your personal information, for example to send you communications about special offers or email newsletters, you can withdraw that consent at any time.
All communications that we send you will contain “unsubscribe” or “opt-out” options to make this easy for you.
If we have a contract with you, you can withdraw your consent for marketing communications, but we will still be able to contact you as part of that contract – for example to let you know that a qualification you hold with us is due for renewal.
Questions or complaints
0141 889 4516
Units 1-3, 5 Murray Street
If you are concerned about the way we are handling your data, or you feel that we have not answered your questions or requests properly, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Call: 0303 123 1113 or visit the Report a Concern section of their website https://ico.org.uk/concerns/