Cookies

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 CommunityLearningandSkills.co.uk

Understanding how our website is used

Google Analytics (Universal Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use this website (CommunityLearningandSkills.co.uk). 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
  • Ecommerce transaction information such as revenue, number of transactions on the website, website conversion rate
  • Demographic information such as age and gender

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

Google Analytics use the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
_gaThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.2 years
_gidThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report about how the website is doing. The data collected including the number of visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.1 day
_gatThis cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites. 1 minute

You can opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

YouTube

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.

Vimeo

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 play experience.

For more information read the Vimeo cookie policy.

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.

NamePurposeExpires
CookieConsentUsed to remember that a user has allowed cookies on the site1 month

CleanTalk

CleanTalk is used to prevent spam in our comments and forms on our website.

NamePurpose
apbct_timestampCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_site_landing_tsCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_page_hitsCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_cookies_testCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_sfw_pass_keyCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site. Expires after 4 weeks.
ct_checkjsCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_ps_timestampCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_fkp_timestampCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_pointer_dataCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_timezoneCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_visible_fieldsCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_visible_fields_countCleanTalk – Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.

You can find out more about CleanTalk cookies by visiting the CleanTalk website.

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 the 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.