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Read this privacy policy to understand how we use and protect the information you give us.

We take your privacy seriously

By using our website, you consent to the collection, storage, use and transfer of your information under the terms of this policy. We process and store your data in line with the ICO guidance on UK GDPR regulations.

This website (myworldofwork.co.uk) is operated by The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited, a company registered in Scotland with company number SC202659 and having its registered office at Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow G2 1DY ("we" or "us").

You provide some data yourself:

  • personal information that you give us for the purpose of registering on the website – this includes your name, email address, date of birth or other information about your current situation 
  • information that you give us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters 

We use your data to undertake a number of activities:

  • to administer the website
  • to improve your browsing experience by personalising the website
  • to enable your use of the services available on the website
  • to send you general (non-marketing) operational communications
  • to send you email notifications which you have specifically requested
  • to send you newsletters and other marketing communications which we think may be of interest to you, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications)
  • to address enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website
  • to analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support and improve and develop our business and the services we offer
  • to provide you with access to certain parts of our website 
  • for all other purposes consistent with the proper performance of our operations and business
  • to contact you for your views on our services
  • to provide you with effective careers advice 

If you have made use of the Skillsbuilder tool through the My World of Work younger offer, your teacher will have access to the data contained within the activity sheets and any content you have uploaded as evidence of your skills. This is so you can keep a record of the skills activities you were working on and discuss these with your teacher.

Applications to programmes

The Site also contains information about some of our programmes and provides links to enable you to apply for these programmes. 

Where you can apply for any of our programmes through the Site, the information you provide to us will be subject to separate privacy terms, as the information you provide to us in relation to these matters may be used by us in a different way and for different purposes. 

Details of the applicable privacy terms for each programme application are available on the Skills Development Scotland website here: www.sds.co.uk/privacy.

Skills Development Scotland maintains a high standard of both physical and network security designed to protect paper or electronic forms of storage to hold and process your personal information.  

Information that we hold about you will be subject to rigorous safeguards to ensure that it isn't accessed or disclosed inappropriately. We also take steps so that your information is not damaged or rendered unavailable to those who have a right to see it.  

To meet confidentiality requirements for our customers, stakeholders and staff, Skills Development Scotland has Confidentiality, Data Protection, Information Technology and Systems Policies in place and we ensure that staff are fully aware of these and the associated guidance in relation to your personal information. 

We may need to share some of your personal information with partners that work with us to deliver our services to you. Our partners are obliged to keep your information secure and to use the information only to fulfil specific and agreed purposes. We will check where possible that appropriate steps have been taken by the recipient to protect your information.    

Because we want your experience of our website to be as informative and useful as possible, we may provide links to websites operated by third parties ("Third-Party Websites").  

The website may also include functionality that allows you to publish your information onto Third-Party Websites.  

Be aware that we do not control such Third-Party Websites and that such Third-Party Websites may send their own cookies to users, or otherwise collect data or solicit personal information.  

We assume no responsibility for the information-gathering practices of Third-Party websites that you are able to access through our website, and we encourage you to review each Third-Party website's privacy policy before disclosing any personally identifiable information. 

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. For further information read the ICO guidance on cookies, or visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.  

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result. 

For more information on cookies which are used on My World of Work, read our cookies policy.

We’ll hold the personal information you give us as part of your account for as long as you're using an account with us. We may retain your account information for up to three years from your last activity on the platform.  

If your account has been inactive for over three years, your account will be closed and information stored on your My World of Work account will be deleted.

If you delete your account, then your personal information will be deleted, and any remaining information made anonymous. We use anonymous information to help us improve our services. 

To delete your account, navigate to the Settings area of your Dashboard, and select 'Delete account' from the account tab. 

If you have used other SDS services in the past, such as speaking to an SDS Careers Adviser, a member of the SDS PACE Team or have engaged in one of SDS’ programmes (e.g. Foundation, Modern or Graduate Apprenticeships), SDS may still hold personal information relating to you on our systems in relation to those services, and deleting your My World of Work account will not delete this other information.

You can contact the SDS Data Protection Team at DPO@sds.co.uk if you have a request in relation to any other personal information we may hold on you.

We may update this privacy policy by posting a new version on this website.

You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes and any substantial changes will be highlighted on this website. 

You have the right to access the personal information we hold on you, to understand what we do with it and to request that something be changed. It's completely free to make these requests.  

If you wish to find out what these rights are, find them on the Information Commissioner's website. You can get in touch with one of the contacts listed at the end of this notice if you wish to find more information or enact one of these rights. 

If the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated, let us know using the contact details below, in the 'Contact' section. 

The data controller responsible in respect of the information collected on this website is The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited, which is notified to the Information Commissioner as a data controller with registration number Z1445093.  

If you remain dissatisfied with our response following any review related to a request you've made regarding your personal data, you're entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner. Such an application should be sent to the following address:   

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF 

Phone: 0303 123 1113 

Website: https://www.ico.gov.uk

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal information, you can get in touch with our Data Protection Officer at dpo@sds.co.uk

You can also write to us by post at Skills Development Scotland, Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow G2 1DY.