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Privacy Notice for Job Applicants

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have implemented this privacy notice to inform you, as an applicant for one or more of our apprenticeship vacancies, of the types of data we process about you. We also include within this notice the reasons for processing your data, the lawful basis that permits us to process it, how long we keep your data for and your rights regarding your data.



Under GDPR, all personal data obtained and held by us must be processed according to a set of core principles. In accordance with these principles, we will ensure that:

  1. processing is fair, lawful and transparent;
  2. data is collected for specific, explicit, and legitimate purposes;
  3. data collected is adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes of processing;
  4. data is kept accurate and up to date. Data which is found to be inaccurate will be rectified or erased without delay;
  5. data is not kept for longer than is necessary for its given purpose;
  6. data is processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage by using appropriate technical or organisation measures; and
  7. we comply with the relevant GDPR procedures for international transferring of personal data.



We keep several categories of personal data on applicants in order to carry out effective and efficient processes. We keep this data in recruitment files relating to each vacancy and we also hold the data within our computer systems e.g. recruitment logs.

Specifically, we hold the following types of data:

  1. personal details such as name, address, phone numbers;
  2. your gender;
  3. right to work documentation;
  4. information gathered via the recruitment process such as that entered into a CV, application form, or included in a CV cover letter;
  5. details on your education and employment history etc;
  6. any support needs that you might have;
  7. whether you hold a driving licence; and
  8. criminal convictions.



Information relating to usage of our website is collected using cookies. These are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. We use cookies to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. You can set your browser not to accept cookies or to delete cookies. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result.

We may use a third-party service, such as Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow third-parties to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.



You provide several pieces of data to us directly during the recruitment process.

Should you be successful in your job application, we will gather further information from you, e.g. your bank details and next of kin details, information about your health/any disability you have, your gender, marital status, right to work documentation and information on your race and religion for equality monitoring purposes.

When required, we will also collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies and former employers when gathering references and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for criminal convictions.



The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only.

The information below categorises the types of data processing we undertake and the lawful basis we rely on.

  1. Carrying out checks in relation to your right to work in the UK
    Lawful basis: Legal obligation
  2. Making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees
    Lawful basis: Legal obligation
  3. Making recruitment decisions in relation to both initial and subsequent employment e.g. promotion
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests
  4. aking decisions about salary and other benefits
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests
  5. Making decisions about contractual benefits to provide to you
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests
  6. ssessing training needs
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests
  7. Dealing with legal claims made against us
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests
  8. Preventing fraud
    Lawful basis: Our legitimate interests



Special categories of data are data relating to your:

  1. health;
  2. sexual orientation;
  3. race;
  4. ethnic origin;
  5. political opinion;
  6. religion;
  7. trade union membership; and
  8. genetic and biometric data.

We carry out processing activities using special category data:

  1. for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring; and
  2. to determine reasonable adjustments

Most commonly, we will process special categories of data when the following applies:

  1. you have given explicit consent to the processing;
  2. we must process the data in order to carry out our legal obligations;
  3. we must process data for reasons of substantial public interest; or
  4. you have already made the data public.



Your failure to provide us with data may mean that we are unable to fulfil our requirements for entering into a contract of employment with you. This could include being unable to offer you employment, or administer contractual benefits.



We will only collect criminal conviction data where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us. This data will usually be collected at the recruitment stage, however, it may also be collected during your employment. We use criminal conviction data to determine your suitability, or your continued suitability for the role. We rely on the lawful basis of our legitimate interests to process this data.



Employees within our company who have responsibility for recruitment will have access to your data which is relevant to their function. All employees with such responsibility have been trained in ensuring data is processing in line with GDPR. 

Data is shared with third parties for the following reasons:

  1. Referencing.
  2. Carrying out a DBS check.
  3. Informing the Host Company in which the apprenticeship vacancy exists so they can decide whether to call you to interview.
  4. Informing the Training Provider so that they can determine that you meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship vacancy.

We may also share your data with third parties for other reasons to comply with a legal obligation upon us. We have a data processing agreement in place with such third parties to ensure data is not compromised. Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.

We do not share your data with bodies outside of the European Economic Area.



We are aware of the requirement to ensure your data is protected against accidental loss or disclosure, destruction and abuse. We have implemented processes to guard against such.



If your application for employment is unsuccessful, SEAC will delete your data after the end of the relevant recruitment process unless you have agreed to allow SEAC to keep your personal data on file by providing your consent on the Declaration Form that you complete at the outset of the recruitment programme.  At the end of the six month period following your original application, unless you otherwise withdraw your consent at an earlier stage, your data is deleted or destroyed.

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment, in which case, retention periods will be covered by a separate privacy notice.

Where you have provided consent to our use of your data, you also have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This means that we will stop processing your data and there will be no consequences of withdrawing consent.

If your application is successful, your data will be kept and transferred to the systems we administer for employees. We have a separate privacy notice for employees, which will be provided to you.



Automated decision making means making decision about you using no human involvement e.g. using computerised filtering equipment. No decision will be made about you solely on the basis of automated decision making (where a decision is taken about you using an electronic system without human involvement) which has a significant impact on you.



You have the following rights in relation to the personal data we hold on you:

  1. the right to be informed about the data we hold on you and what we do with it;
  2. the right of access to the data we hold on you. We operate a separate Subject Access Request policy and all such requests will be dealt with accordingly;
  3. the right for any inaccuracies in the data we hold on you, however they come to light, to be corrected. This is also known as ‘rectification’;
  4. the right to have data deleted in certain circumstances. This is also known as ‘erasure’;
  5. the right to restrict the processing of the data;
  6. the right to transfer the data we hold on you to another party. This is also known as ‘portability’;
  7. the right to object to the inclusion of any information; and
  8. the right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal data.

In addition to the above rights, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw consent, that you have previously provided, to our processing of your data at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the data that you had previously given us consent to use. There will be no consequences for withdrawing your consent. However, in some cases, we may continue to use the data where so permitted by having a legitimate reason for doing so.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights or have any questions or concerns, please contact us via the email address from which this Privacy Notice was sent. You also have the option to address any concerns relating to your rights under GDPR directly with the Information Commissioner



If you think your data rights have been breached, you are able to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner (ICO). You can contact the ICO at Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF or by telephone on 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.

Our appointed compliance officer in respect of our data protection activities is:

Irene Hoare



SEAC will review the effectiveness of this notice annually and in line with changes in legislation and best practice.