Data Controller: Weston College, Knightstone Campus, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2AL
Data Protection Officer: Peter Sloman, Finance Director, Weston College, Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2AL
As part of any recruitment process, the College collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The College is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
What information does the College collect?
The College collects a range of information about you. This includes:
- your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
- details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
- information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
- whether or not you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process;
- information about your entitlement to work in the UK; and
- equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health, and religion or belief.
The College collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment.
The College will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers and information from disclosure and barring checks. The College will only seek information from the DBS once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so. References will only be obtained in advance of an offer being made if you have specified that we can contact your referees prior to interview.
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).
Why does the organisation process personal data?
The College needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, the College needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
The College has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the College to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The College may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
Where the College relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.
The College processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
Where the College processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes.
The College will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment exercise for which you have applied.
Who has access to data?
Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process and managers in the business area with the vacancy.
We will only share your information with partners or suppliers who have sufficient measures and procedures in place to protect your information and can meet their legal obligations under data protection legislation.
With the exception of the above the College will not share your data with third parties, unless you have specified that we can or if your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment.
How does the organisation protect data?
The College takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.
For how long does the organisation keep data?
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the organisation will hold your data on file for 1 year after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of that period (or once you withdraw your consent), 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). The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
- access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
- require the organisation to change incorrect or incomplete data;
- require the organisation to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
- object to the processing of your data where the organisation is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
- ask the College to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override the College's legitimate grounds for processing data.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact the HR Department, Weston College, Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2AL. You can make a subject access request by completing the College's subject access request form.
If you believe that the College has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
What if you do not provide personal data?
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the organisation during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the organisation may not be able to process your application properly or at all.
You are under no obligation to provide information for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information.
Changes to this privacy notice
We reserve the right to amend this privacy notice at any time. However, we take your privacy very seriously and will never change our policies or practices to make them less protective of your personal information.
If we do make any changes to this policy, we will post the current version to our website at this address.