Skills Bootcamp – privacy notice


  • Name of Service - Skills Bootcamp Programme
  • Directorates - Environment, Infrastructure and Growth and Children, Families and Lifelong Learning
  • Date of Issue - 9 May 2024
  • Date of current issue - 9 May 2024
  • Review Date - 9 May 2026


The reasons why we use your personal data

This privacy notice applies to the running of the Skills Bootcamp programme which is funded by the Department for Education (DfE), commissioned by the Economy and Growth service and supported by the Commissioning team in Children, Families and Lifelong Learning. The programme is delivered by commissioned training providers.

The training providers collect information from learners and some of this information needs to be shared with the Council and with DfE. The information shared with the Council relates to learners, their employers and the providers.

What processing of personal data is undertaken by the service

We need to collect information about learners who enrol and take part in the Skills Bootcamp programme, their employers and the providers. We use this personal data to:

  • support individuals in Surrey to successfully take part in education, training and employment
  • develop a strategic overview of the provision available in Surrey and to identify and resolve gaps in provision
  • provide a range of opportunities in communities to support employability skills
  • provide programmes that support the needs of local businesses and help them to access a skilled workforce
  • complete statutory returns to the DfE
  • enable performance monitoring of the training providers subject to grant funding
  • allocate and manage the grant funding

What Information do we collect?

We will securely collect the following information from your training provider

  • Name
  • National Insurance number
  • Email address, telephone number and postcode
  • Unique learner number
  • Unique provider reference number
  • Date of birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Learning Difficulties, Disabilities or health problems
  • Highest level of education previously completed
  • Employment status
  • Your employer's business name, name of business lead and their email address and phone number
  • Earnings and benefits information

How we are allowed to use your personal data

Your personal information is collected and processed by us and by your training provider in order to deliver a contract to you as a learner. The processing is also required so that we can exercise our functions and meet our statutory duties under:

  • Education Act 1996
  • Education and Skills Act 2008
  • Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Special category data is processed for the Skills Bootcamp programme for reasons of substantial public interest for statutory and government purposes.


Your training provider may ask if you would like to take part in qualitative interviews or surveys run by DfE so that they can understand your experience of participating. This is entirely optional. These interviews and surveys are not shared with Surrey County Council.

Who we share your personal data with

We do not share your information with anyone unless there is a lawful basis that allows us to do. We will need to share your data with:

The Department for Education (DfE)

As part of the work to evaluate the effectiveness of Skills Bootcamps in supporting people to gain employment and higher incomes, we will share data with the DfE who will link this data to records on education and training, income, employment and benefits which are held by the DfE, the Department of Work and Pensions and Her Majesty's revenue and customs. This is to evaluate the programme's overall impact.

Copies of DfE's privacy notices can be obtained by emailing

Sections 14-17 of Education and Skills Act 2008 provide data sharing powers to encourage Local Authorities to promote effective participation. As part of this activity, we share information with educational establishments and service providers who are offering support, with the County Council, to individuals with the purpose that it will encourage, enable or assist them to participate in education or training.

Other Surrey County Council teams

Where necessary to deliver the Skills Bootcamp programme and meet funding requirements.

Retention of data

Unless we have a funding or legal requirement to retain the information for longer, we will only retain your personal data for a maximum of three years. After which point it will be securely destroyed or anonymised.

Other information

Information about how the DfE handles your personal information can be found on their Skills Bootcamp privacy notices. To obtain copies email

For further information on our data protection obligations and commitments please see the Children, Families and Lifelong Learning privacy notice, the Economy and Growth privacy notice as well as the overarching Surrey County Council Privacy Notice

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