Skills Connect Privacy Notice

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018, the ‘controller’ of the personal data which you provide in the application form is the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (“The Combined Authority”, “we”, “us”) of Wellington House, 40-50 Wellington St, Leeds LS1 2DE (tel: 0113 251 7272). The Combined Authority is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office with registration number ZA051694. For Skills Connect courses provided under funding via the European Social Fund (ESF), the Department for Education (ICO registration no.: Z1001723) are also a data controller.

The Combined Authority is collecting this data and will process it for the purpose of delivering the Skill Connect programme through employer-led training initiatives.

The Combined Authority will share this data with its delivery partners (the training providers) for the purpose of delivering the courses and with external bodies such as the funders (where required to) for the purpose of evaluation and reporting.
Where you have given consent to participating in promotional activities, the Combined Authority will share your name & email address with external marketing agencies.

We will not share your information with any other organisation or third party other than in the circumstances described above. There may be other circumstances in which we may share or use certain information about you, which are:

  1. if we have a legal obligation to do so or if we are required or requested to do so by a competent authority such as the police or a court;
  2. if we need to use or disclose your information to obtain legal advice or in connection with legal proceedings;
  3. if we need to share your information to protect your vital interests if you are unable to give us consent or it is unreasonable for us to ask for your consent in the circumstances (e.g. if you are injured).

We will retain your information for 6 years from the end of the programme, for the purpose of evaluating the programme.

This is in accordance with our information retention policy and on the expiration of such period we will safely delete it.                

Information provided to the Combined Authority will be processed under

Article 6(1)(e) of the UK GDPR which states that processing is necessary for the purposes of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller

Special category’ data (such as information pertaining to an individual’s ethnicity or health) will be processed under

Article 9(2)(g) of the UK GDPR which states that processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of Union or Member State law which shall be proportionate to the aim pursued, respect the essence of the right to data protection and provide for suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject

Information provided to the Combined Authority for the purposes participating in promotional activities  will be processed under

Article 6(1)(a) of the UK GDPR which states that the data subject has given consent to the processing of their personal data for one or more specified purposes

As a data subject you have a number of rights under the DPA. These include the right to access the information which we hold about you. In some cases you may have a right to have your personal data rectified, erased or restricted, and to object to certain use of your data.

This would not affect the legality of what we do with your personal data before you make such a request and would not stop us from continuing to use your data to the extent that we do not require your consent. It would stop us from further using data for purposes which require your consent (e.g. marketing).

If you are unsatisfied with the manner in which we collect or handle your personal data you have a right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Information about how to make complaints can be found on the ICO’s website at

We act in accordance with our corporate privacy notice, which provides further information on personal data processing and how to contact us to make a request:

The Combined Authority’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at