Who we are
Our website is managed by the Institute, a crown non-departmental public body and will be referred to as ‘we’ from now on.
Using our website
You agree to use our website only for lawful purposes. You must also use it in a way that doesn’t infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this website by anyone else.
We update our website frequently. We may change or remove content us at any time without notice.
Linking to our website
We welcome and encourage other websites to link to our website. You must contact us for permission if you want to either:
Linking from our website
Our website links to websites that are managed by other government departments and agencies, service providers or other organisations. We don’t have any control over the content on these websites.
We are not responsible for:
You agree to release us from any claims or disputes that may come from using these websites.
You should read all terms and conditions, privacy policies and end-user licences that relate to these websites before you use them.
Using our website content
Some content is exempt from the OGL - check the list of exemptions.
Our logo is exempt from the OGL, except when they form an integral part of a document or dataset.
If any content isn’t subject to Crown copyright protection or published under the OGL, we’ll usually credit the author or copyright holder.
You can reproduce content published on our website under the OGL as long as you follow the licence’s conditions.
Contact us if you want to reproduce a piece of content but aren’t sure if it’s covered by Crown copyright or the OGL.
We make content on our website available through feeds for other websites and applications to use. The websites and applications that use our feeds aren’t our products, and they might use versions of our content that have been edited and stored for later use (‘cached’).
We don’t give any guarantees, conditions or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of any content used by these products. We’re not liable for any loss or damage that may come from your use of these products.
The most up to date version of our content will always be on our website.
While we make every effort to keep our website up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties that the information will be:
We publish guidance on matters related to our statutory functions but do not give specific advice on our website. You should get professional or specialist advice before doing anything on the basis of the content.
We’re not liable for any loss or damage that may come from using our website. This includes:
This applies if the loss or damage was foreseeable, arose in the normal course of things or you advised us that it might happen.
This includes (but isn’t limited to) the loss of your:
Requests to remove content
You can ask for content to be removed from our website. We’ll only do this in certain cases, e.g. if it breaches copyright laws, contains sensitive personal data or material that may be considered obscene or defamatory.
Contact us to ask for content to be removed. You’ll need to send us the web address (URL) of the content and explain why you think it should be removed. We’ll reply to let you know whether we’ll remove it.
Information about you and your visits to our website
We make every effort to check and test our website for viruses at every stage of production.
You must make sure that the way you use our website doesn’t expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which can damage your computer system.
We’re not responsible for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or computer system that might happen when you use our website.
Viruses, hacking and other offences
When using our website, you must not introduce viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or any other material that’s malicious or technologically harmful.
You must not try to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which it’s stored or any server, computer or database connected to it.
You must not attack our website in any way. This includes denial-of-service attacks.
We’ll report any attacks or attempts to gain unauthorised access to our website to the relevant law enforcement authorities and share information about you with them.
For more information on reporting vulnerabilities please review our Vulnerability Disclosure policy.
These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
Any dispute you have which relates to these terms and conditions, or your use of our website (whether it be contractual or non-contractual), will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
Changes to these terms and conditions
Please check these terms and conditions regularly. We may update them at any time without notice.
You’ll agree to any changes if you continue to use our website after the terms and conditions have been updated.
Instituteforapprenticeships.org is provided by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, a Non-Departmental Public Body.
The Institute is the data controller for pages starting with www.instituteforapprenticeships.org - for example, www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards.
A data controller determines how and why personal data is processed.
What data we collect
We collect certain information or data about you when you use our website.
If you create an account for the trailblazer portal or Onboard, we collect:
This data can be viewed by authorised people in the Institute and our suppliers, to:
Where your data is stored
Data is stored for the following services and purposes:
Keeping your data secure
Sending information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data while it’s in transit.
Any data you send is at your own risk.
We have procedures and security features in place to keep your data secure once we receive it.
Disclosing your information
We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your details to other websites, with the exception of being a named contact for a trailblazer group.
You can find out what information we hold about you, and ask us not to use any of the information we collect.
If you’ve signed up for our newsletters, you can unsubscribe or change your settings at any time.
If you’ve created an account for the trailblazer portal or onboard, you can delete your account and your personal information at any time. Personal information associated with the deleted account will be removed from our systems. To delete your account, please contact the IFATE.
Links to other websites
Our website contains links to other websites.
Following a link to another website
Following a link to our website from another website
The Institute’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Elizabeth Youard.
If you want to view your personal data, you should make a ‘subject access request’. If you want more information about how we process your personal data or have any questions or concerns relating to your data, then please contact the data protection officer using the following email address: Enquiries.IFA@education.gov.uk.
Changes to this policy
If these changes affect how your personal data is processed, we will take reasonable steps to let you know.
Last updated 19 May 2022
Our website puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.
Cookies are used to:
Our website cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.
You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.
Find out more about how to manage cookies.
How cookies are used on our website
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A Microsoft Azure cookie, which looks to ensure all traffic is sent to the correct server for each request (commonly used for load balancing, but not in use here).
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|AI_Session, and AI_User||Both used for Azure Application Insights, server and performance monitoring to ensure we can keep an eye on the site performance and any issues that may arise. Currently in the testing environment - could be disabled for production but we would recommend it stays in place if possible.||12 months|
This is in place to mitigate against CSRF attacks (cross-site request forgery), to ensure that when forms are submitted, they are being sent from the same location that loaded the page, and not from a 3rd party location.
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Used if a user is on a page with a form.
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Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.
Google Analytics stores information about:
We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.
We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
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