Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) put small files (called ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse our sites.
We use these cookies to:
- measure how you use our website so we can update and improve it
- remember any notifications you see so we don’t show them to you again
You’ll usually get a message before we put a cookie on your computer.
Find out how to manage cookies.
There are 3 types of cookies we use.
|Essential cookies||Also called ‘first party cookies’ or ‘strictly necessary’ as we need them to provide the functionality to use the service.|
|Analytics cookies||These track information about visits to the service so that we can report on and improve it. This includes how you use the service, which page you came from, the number of visits and how long you spend on a page.|
|Preference cookies||We use these cookies to remember the information you give to us, such as your username, language or region. This is so you only have to select your preferences once.|
|Service||Cookie name||Cookie purpose||Cookie duration||Category|
|Guide||_help_center_session||Stores unique session key for Help Center product||Session||Essential|
|All products||_pendo_accountid.PENDO_API_KEY||Analytics information||100 days||Analytics|
|All products||_pendo_meta.PENDO_API_KEY||Analytics information||100 days||Analytics|
|All products||_pendo_visitorld.PENDO_API_KEY||Analytics information||100 days||Analytics|
|Guide||_zendesk_cookie||Stores settings information for various features||20 years||Functionality|
|Guide||_zendesk_session||Stores unique session key for Zendesk Classic application||Session||Essential|
|Guide||_zendesk_shared_session||Stores a unique session key for a session shared across Zendesk products||1 day||Essential|
|Chat||wsid||Store user’s session id. For authentication and session resume||Session or 30 days||Essential|
|Web Widget||ZD-referrerPolicy||Stores referrer tags.||Forever (unless purged through normal browser activity)||Essential|
|Web Widget||ZD-zE_oauth||Stores the authentication token once the user has been authenticated.||2 hours||Essential|
|Web Widget||ZD-currentTime||Sets the time when page loads.||
|Web Widget||ZD-settings||Stores a hash of settings so that we don't keep sending blips after the initial one||
|Web Widget||ZD-suid||Session id for pathfinder||
|Web Widget||ZD-buid||Collects Machine ID||Forever||Analytics|
Cookies that measure website use
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about:
- how you got to the site
- the pages you visit on GOV.UK and government digital services, and how long you spend on each page
- what you click on when you're visiting the site
We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how use this site.
We only save personal information if we need to use it in the future. This could be to provide our service and comply with legal, tax or accounting requirements.
We will process information from within a subscriber’s service data for only as long as we are instructed to.
How we use your personal information
The Department for Education (DfE) is the data controller for processing information so that it can carry out its functions.
The personal information you give us when you register for the service is used for administration and research purposes.
How long we keep personal information
We’ll only keep personal information for as long as we need it.
If we do not need to save your personal information, we will delete it. If we cannot delete this information straight away then we will store and isolate it securely until we can delete it.
Who we share your personal information with
We may legally share your information to run the apprenticeship service.
You have the right to request:
- a copy of personal information that we hold about you
- that we correct any wrong or incomplete personal information
You can access the information we hold on you by signing in to your account.
How to complain
Contact us or the DfE’s data protection officer using our secure online contact form or write to:
Ministerial and Public Communications Division,
Department for Education,
Piccadilly Gate Store Street,
You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.