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Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files that may be placed on your computer when you visit a website. They are widely used to make websites work and to make them more efficient. Cookies also help website owners understand how you use the site so that they can make it easier to find what you are looking for.

Find out how to manage cookies on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

How we use cookies on

Understanding how our website is used

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use this website ( We do this to help make sure the site is meeting your needs and to make improvements based on our findings.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on Community Learning and Skills
  • the time you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you are visiting the site
  • demographic information such as age and gender

Community Learning and Skills do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so cannot identify who you are through Google Analytics.

We download reports from Google Analytics based on a combination of the information available as listed above. The reports are used to help us identify marketing needs and trends. We store the reports securely in line with Data Protection, GDPR and Privacy Electronic Communications Regulations and they are retained by us for up to 5 years.

Google Analytics use the following cookies:

_gidTracking cookie for Google Analytics this is used to distinguish users. We deem this cookie as a non-essential cookie.24 hours
_gaTracking cookie for Google Analytics this is used to distinguish users. We deem this cookie as a non-essential cookie.2 years
_gat_UA-77456180-1Tracking cookie for Google Analytics this is used to throttle request rate. We deem this cookie as a non-essential cookie.1 minute
_ga_H5LJMX22RZ/_ga_TPBEPLSFR4Tracking cookie for Google Analytics this is used to throttle request rate. We deem this cookie as a non-essential cookie.1 year


We use YouTube to embed videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages to give us information on the number of times a video is viewed and the type of browser used to view it.

For more information visit the YouTube Privacy and Safety Centre.

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. Read more at YouTube's embedding information page 8 months
VSC: End of your session
Visitor_info1_live: 8 months
Remote_sid: End of your session


We use Vimeo's embeddable video player to show video content on some pages of the site. Vimeo sets cookies that they consider essential to the video player experience.

For more information read the Vimeo cookie policy.

We embed videos from our official Vimeo channel. When you press play Vimeo will drop third party cookies to enable the video to play and to collect analytics data such as how long a viewer has watched the video. These cookies do not track individuals.

Enabling website functionality

Our cookie banner

You may see a notification when you visit our website to let you know that we are using cookies.

CookieConsentUsed to remember your cookie acceptance preference on the site. We deem this an essential cookie.1 month - accepted
7 days - declined

Campaign Monitor

We use Campaign Monitor to manage our email updates to our learners. Campaign Monitor uses page tags and web beacons for the purposes of tracking visitors as they use an email. For example, web beacons track whether an email sent through Campaign Monitor was delivered and opened and whether links within the email were clicked. this information is collected for the purposes of providing email campaign performance information and measuring performance of email messages sent.

Find out more information about Campaign Monitor cookies by visiting the Campaign Monitor website.

Survey Monkey

We use Survey Monkey to carry out research to improve your experience with Community Learning and Skills.

Find out more information about Survey Monkey cookies by visiting the Survey Monkey website.