The Careers & Enterprise Company works with schools, colleges and organisations in England to provide careers-related activities to young people.

Some of the young people who take part in these activities have been asked to complete a ‘Future Skills’ survey.

If you have completed a survey, we have asked you to do this so that we can understand how the activities have helped you develop skills for the world of work.

Organisations like The Careers & Enterprise Company collect and use information for all kinds of reasons, and the new law tells us exactly what we are allowed to do with this information.

The information collected by the Future Skills survey includes personal data, experiences and attitudes. It’s our job to tell you how we collect the information, how we record it and how we use it.

We are also required by law to treat certain categories of personal data with even more care than usual. These are called sensitive or special categories of personal data and different lawful bases apply to them.  If we need to collect special categories of personal data you will be notified and a legal basis provided.

In this notice, you will see names or terms used that you may not be familiar with, such as:

Data controller: The person or organisation who is in charge of the information we collect and who decides the legal basis for processing data.

Data processor: The person or organisation that processes information for the data controller.

Data protection officer (DPO): The person who makes sure we do everything the law says. The Careers & Enterprise Company DPO is Samuel Allan: You can contact Samuel Allan using Email: or by telephone: 02075663417.  

Personal data: This means any information that can be used to identify someone, such as your name and date of birth.


Who looks after your information?

The Careers & Enterprise Company is the data controller of the information you give us. We decide how and why your information collected through Future Skills is used.

Other organisations who will be data processors are Survey Gizmo, who provide the online tool for data collection, and Pearl Scan who manage the surveys completed by paper, entering the data and transferring it securely to The Careers & Enterprise Company. We ensure that Survey Gizmo and Pearl Scan keep your information safe.


Why do we collect and use your information?

We are collecting information through the Future Skills Survey to understand how career-related activities help young people to develop skills for the world of work. Young people are asked to complete the survey twice so that we can see how their skills have changed. We follow the law in how we collect, store, transfer and delete the survey information. When we’ve collected it, here’s how we use it:

  • Surveys completed on paper are securely logged and scanned by Pearl Scan and then securely transferred to The Careers & Enterprise Company. Pearl Scan will destroy the data after 30 days.
  • The information from the surveys completed online is downloaded and stored by The Careers & Enterprise Company.
  • Surveys completed before and after an activity are matched for each young person according to name and date of birth.
  • The Careers & Enterprise Company will analyse the data with personal details removed.
  • The findings from analysis will be used to support ongoing improvements in careers-related activities.

What information do we collect?

The categories of information that the Careers & Enterprise Company collects, shares and holds for a limited time, include the following:

  • Your personal information.

Your first name and date of birth.

  • Your characteristics.

Your gender.

  • Your experiences, attitudes and perceptions of skills.


Do you have to give us your information?

It is your choice whether to take part in the Future Skills survey. By taking part in the survey, you are giving us permission to process your personal data.  If you do not want us to process your personal data do not complete the survey.


How long will we keep your information?

We only keep your information for as long as we need it to analyse your survey results. When the analysis is complete, we will delete it securely.

Will your information be shared?

We will only be sharing your information with:

They store all their data in the UK and their database is safe and secure. They also comply with data laws, so your information won’t get lost or given to anyone who shouldn’t have it. You can read their privacy policy here.

  • Survey Gizmo: They will be processing any digital surveys that are completed.

They store all their data in the EU and their database is safe and secure. They also comply with data laws, so your information won’t get lost or given to anyone who shouldn’t have it. You can read their privacy policy in full here.

  • NLS: They will be building the platform that will help us to match your responses to both parts of the survey. They comply with data laws, so your information won’t get lost or given to anyone who shouldn’t have it. You can read their privacy policy in full here

What are your rights?

You have the right to:

  • Be told how we collect and use your information.
  • Ask to see all the information we hold about you.
  • Ask us to change any information you think is wrong or incomplete.
  • Ask us to remove information when it’s not needed anymore.
  • Ask us to only use your information in certain ways.
  • Ask us to delete your information permanently in some cases.
  • Ask for your information back so that you can use it for other things.
  • Ask us how we use computer systems to analyse your information.
  • Tell us you don’t want your information processed in a particular way.
  • Tell us you don’t want your information to be processed at all.
  • Tell us you have changed your mind and no longer want us to use your information.

If you’re worried about how we get and use your information, you can speak to the Research Team at The Careers & Enterprise Company by calling 0207 566 3400, or by emailing They will be able to help you and answer any questions that you have. If you want to speak to somebody not at the Careers and Enterprise Company, you can call the people who look after information, called the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), on 0303 123 1113 or by using their live chat.


Would you like to know more?

If you or your parents would like to find out more information about how we collect, use and store your personal information, please read our privacy policy in full here.  


Three important things to understand

Now you’ve read this, we hope you understand that:

  • The law requires us to tell you how we will your information for the Future Skills survey.
  • We will only share your information with the organisations mentioned above.  
  • You can tell us not to use your information at any time.


If you have any questions, The Careers & Enterprise Company Research Team will be happy to help you.