This Privacy Statement describes what Zems Academy Ltd (the Company) does with the personal information you provide it with. Occasionally you will be asked to give the Company personal information about yourself in order to become a learner or client, to use Company’s systems and services etc. It applies to information the Company collects about people who use or may use our services. This includes for example:

  • Individuals who request information from the Company
  • Visitors to the Company website
  • Individuals who undertake a course of study through the Company
  • Zems Ac Alumni
  • Employers who purchase training from the Company
  • Employers who take a learner on work experience or placement, facilitate workplace visits or support the employability skills of our learners
  • Employers who employ an Apprentice

If you are asked to provide information to us, it will only be used in the ways described in this Privacy Statement. The Privacy Statement will be updated on occasion and the latest version is published on the Company’s website. If you have any questions about this statement, please contact our Data Protection Officer who will be happy to provide more detail.


Why do we collect personal information?

Zems Academy collects and processes personal data about members of the public who enquire about courses and services, learners and employers to effectively offer advice, manage learning programmes and to meet statutory obligations to the agencies who provide funding for these activities.  The company is committed to being clear and transparent about what data it collects, how it is used, and to meeting its data protection obligations.

We need to process data so we can provide you with the highest standards of education and training we are able to give, and to meet our legal obligations from government organisations including the DfE and ESFA.  Data regarding employment status and whether you or your parents are receiving benefits is required to assess your eligibility for government funded fees and financial support.

Where we process other special categories of personal data, such as information about ethnic origin, disability or health, this is done for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring.  This monitoring is performed by the Company and by the ESFA and DfE and helps us to improve our services to specific groups.  We also use the data so we can personalise the provision to each learner to provide you with the best possible opportunities to succeed.

Contact details will not be used for marketing or survey purposes without your consent, which can be withdrawn at any time.  However, the Company will use your contact information to contact you in order to carry out our duties to you, for example to notify you of a change of course date, follow up on absences, and to obtain further information from you where required, such as your destination in the months after you have completed your course.

What personal information do we collect?

We collect the following personal data to provide education and training to our learners;

  • Details about you including your name, date of birth and gender
  • Contact details – including address, telephone numbers and email address
  • Details of your previous qualifications, educational history and employment status
  • Information about your nationality and residency, and previous address if applicable
  • Information about medical or health conditions, including whether or not you have a learning disability or difficulty, and if so whether you have an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan)
  • Ethnicity
  • Household information (this is collected only for the ESFA is not used by Zems Academy)
  • Financial Information (bank details)

We collect data about unspent criminal convictions in order to protect vital interests of others and to carry out our duty to support those with a conviction.

We collect emergency contacts.  This information is optional for those aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year.

We collect information about use of our website, company and employee information, and information about personal preferences, interests and career aspirations in order to provide high quality advice and guidance on the range of services we offer.

We collect information about staff, including dates of employment, hours worked, posts, roles, salary, annual leave, absence, performance and professional development in order to manage contracts of employment and business operations.

How is this collected?

Most of the information about you and your learning programme is collected directly from you via an application or enrolment form. However, some information such as previous qualifications or information to support any special needs, may be collected from other organisations such as the DfE (Department for Education).

Information about staff is collected directly from individuals as well as from the observations of managers.

CCTV footage is collected at several our sites and used in line with the Data Protection Policy.

Cookies and analytics services are used to collect information about visitors to our website.  Cookies do not provide us with access to an individuals’ computer, or any personal information about them.

Where information is collected for use with consent, this is very clearly shown as part of the process of asking for the information, and you will always be asked for your agreement to use the information for the specific intended purposes.

Where do we store data?

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including the learner information management system, on paper files in secure places, or on electronic documents within our secure network.

Learner information is stored within our Learner Records Management System, which is hosted by a 3rd party.  Our contractual arrangements with 3rd parties ensure that they meet the same standards for data security and protection.

How do we protect data?

We take the security of your data seriously. We have internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by employees in the performance of their duties. The Data Protection policy is available to view on our website or can be obtained in print by contacting our reception.

To prevent unauthorised disclosure or access to information, we have strong technical security safeguards in place, and provide staff with regular training and briefings to ensure that they follow our agreed processes.

If information is shared with another organisation (as discussed below), we will ensure that a robust information sharing agreement is in place.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally, including with any Zems Academy Training staff member who needs the data to provide services to you.  This will include special categories of data where appropriate.

Where we engage non-statutory third parties to process personal data on our behalf, we require them to do so based on written instructions.  They are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of data.

We will not lease, distribute or sell personal information to third parties unless we have permission or a legal requirement to do so.

Most of the information collected and processed in relation to the learning programmes we provide is shared on a regular basis with other Providers and Government Agencies to meet the requirements of funding contracts.  The Company is a data processor for the Education and Skills Funding Agency and for organisations who subcontract funding to us.  This means that the company will pass information to these organisations if they provide funding for your learning programme.

The information provided may be shared with other organisations for purposes of administration, the provision of career and other guidance and statistical and research purposes, relating to education, training, employment and well-being. This will only take place where the sharing is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Do we process data outside of England or the European Economic Area (EEA)?

Part of the funding for your course may be coming from the European Social Fund (ESF).  This is not confirmed until after you have completed your course.  If your course is part funded by ESF, your data may be lawfully shared with them via the ESFA.  The Company will not transfer your data to countries outside the European Economic Area.

Do we use automated decision-making?

No.  None of our decisions are based solely on automated decision-making.  If you feel that a decision affecting you has been made unfairly based on information you have provided, please contact the Data Protection Officer.

What if I do not provide personal data?

Failure to provide data required to meet the obligations set by our funding organisations will result in us not being able to enrol you as a learner. Failure to provide other information (except where we ask for your consent), for example learning difficulty information, may result in us being unable to provide the standard of service we would wish to provide.

What are my rights?

Zems Academy will always ensure that your rights as an individual are protected in the way we operate our services.  You can:

  • Obtain a copy of the data we hold about you by making a request to us
  • Ask us to change incorrect or incomplete data
  • Ask us to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer needed for the reason(s) it was collected

If you would like to request any of these services, please visit our website, contact our data protection officer or contact our centre reception for further information.

Complaints or Queries

If you have any questions about the Company’s collection and use of personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer. They will be happy to provide additional information if it is required.

If you believe that Zems Academy has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

Changes to This Privacy Statement

We will keep this Privacy Statement under regular review and reserve the right to change it as necessary from time-to-time or if required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on our website.

The Data controller

Fairgate House, 205 Kings Rd, Birmingham B11 2AA

Email: Phone: 0330 777 1442

The Data Protection Officer



Click one of our representatives below to chat on WhatsApp or send us an email to