We use Google Analytics to aid us in improving the site and monitor its usage. This involves setting some cookies that are looked after by Google. None of the cookies contain personally identifiable information.

For more information on cookies in general and how to control then in your web browser, see:

For Google's Privacy Policy in regard to Google Analytics and the cookies it sets, see:

Here is a list of cookies set by Google along with their purpose and lifespan.

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Expires: After 2 years
Description: Set by Google Analytics to keep track of the number of visits to the site. This helps us to monitor usage, spot potential problems and improve the site.

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Expires: After 30 minutes
Description: Set by Google Analytics to the starting time of your current visit. Again, this helps us monitor usage of the site and hopefully make the site easier to use.

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Expires: When you close your browser
Description: Set by Google Analytics to the ending time of your current visit. This too helps us to see how much the site is being used and whether there are areas we can improve.

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Expires: After 6 months
Description: Set by Google Analytics to create reports on how you got to the site. For example, if you used a link on another site, or a search engine and what keywords led you to us. This helps us to see which marketing methods work best for us.


This privacy policy sets out how Staffordshire Partnership for Employment and Skills uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

Staffordshire Partnership for Employment and Skills (SPES) is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page periodically to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name
  • the name of your company or employer
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as address and postcode
  • details on your enquiry to help provide more focussed information

We use reCAPTCHA on this website to cut down on spam. The reCAPTCHA API works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device data and the results of integrity checks, and sends that data to Google for analysis to ensure that the form is not being filled out by an automated web bot.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs, provide focussed information based on your interests, and provide you with a better service. In particular the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • If you join a mailing list we may periodically send you promotional emails containing information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • We will use the information you provide to send you details relating to the enquiry you have specified, or more general information about SPES based on your request. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that external content. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box which indicates you do or do not want to join a mailing list (if present)
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us using a method at the top of this page.

Bear in mind that there may be legal reasons why your information cannot be completely removed from our system, for example funding audits.

If we feel that we may no longer be of benefit to you or your organisation then we may choose to remove your contact details ourselves.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties outside of the SPES group (which includes our partners), unless we have your permission, it is strictly necessary to fulfill your enquiry requirements (e.g. funding agencies), or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us using the email address at the top of this page.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.