Evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeship Programme – Apprentices

The Welsh Government has commissioned Wavehill, a research consultancy, to undertake an evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeship Programme in Wales. The aim of this evaluation is to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the Degree Apprenticeships Programme. ​ As part of this evaluation Wavehill will be gathering perspectives on the programme from individuals who have participated in Degree Apprenticeships in Wales. Wavehill will be gathering information through telephone or video (MS Teams) interviews and online surveys. ​ The Welsh Government is the data controller for the research. However, Wavehill will delete any personal data provided through the interviews, and anonymise the raw data, before it is shared with the Welsh Government. ​ An analysis of the information collected during the project will be included in a report published on the Welsh Government website and possibly in other publications by the Welsh Government. ​ The contact for this research at Wavehill is Oliver Allies. E-mail address: oliver.allies@wavehill.com Telephone number: 01545 571711 ​ PRIVACY NOTICE What personal data do we hold and where do we get this information? ​ Personal data is defined under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier’. ​ Your contact details (name and email address) were provided to Wavehill by HEFCW funded Higher Education Institutions in Wales managing degree apprenticeships. They hold your details because of your involvement with the programme. ​ You will receive a link to complete an online survey. Neither your email nor your IP address will be collected as part of the process of completing the survey. Your survey responses will therefore be anonymous. However, if you choose to provide additional personal data in any of your open text responses as part of the survey it will be removed during data analysis. ​ We would also like to contact you for a follow up interview and if you are willing to take part in an interview please complete the section that asks for your contact details (as the survey responses are otherwise anonymous). The follow up interview does not require the collection of additional personal data from you other than your image if you agree to the interview being video recorded. ​ Where you participate in an interview, this will take place either over the telephone or by using the Microsoft Teams platform. If Microsoft Teams is used to undertake the interview, and if you agree for the interview to be recorded, then Wavehill will collect images of you. We wish to record interviews for operational reasons. We will make this clear to you before the interview begins, and you will have the opportunity to tell us if you are not happy for the discussion to be recorded. If interviews are recorded, personal data will be removed during the process of transcribing. Recordings will be deleted as soon as this process is completed. If discussions are not recorded, the interviewers will take notes on your responses. Personal data will not be included in written notes prepared during or following the interviews. ​ As the evaluation progresses, we may contact you again to take part in some additional research activity. If required, you will receive a separate privacy notice for any further research activity you are invited to take part in. ​ Your participation in this research is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part or be sent reminders then please reply to the invitation email and your details will be removed. Wavehill will only use the email address and telephone number for the purposes of this evaluation. ​ If you raise a query or complaint and provide personal data requesting a response, the researcher will forward the request only to the relevant official and subsequently delete it from the research data. ​ What is the lawful basis for using your data? The lawful basis for processing information in this data collection exercise is our public task; that is, exercising our official authority to undertake the core role and functions of the Welsh Government. ​ Participation is completely voluntary. Research studies such as this are important for the Welsh Government to collect information and actionable evidence about its ability to deliver government priorities. The information collected in this research will be used: In an evaluation report looking at the implementation and delivery of the Degree Apprenticeship Programme in Wales. To inform the future development of the Degree Apprenticeship programme. How secure is your personal data? ​ Personal information provided to Wavehill is always stored on a secure server. The data can only be accessed by a limited number of researchers working on this project. Wavehill will only use this data for research purposes. Wavehill has cyber essentials certification. ​ Qualtrics will be used to record information captured through the telephone interviews. We have ensured that both Qualtrics and Microsoft Teams are GDPR compliant and meet our expectations in terms of the security of any data collected via the software. All data is processed within the EEA. ​ Wavehill has procedures to deal with any suspected data security breaches. If a suspected breach occurs, Wavehill will report this to the Welsh Government who will notify you and any applicable regulator where we are legally required to do so. ​ All data gathered through this research will be reported in an anonymised format. It will not contain your contact details and any identifiable information in open-ended answers will be removed. Wavehill will use the information gathered to produce a report that will be published on the Welsh Government website. This report will not include any information that could be used to identify individual participants. ​ How long do we keep your personal data? ​ Wavehill will hold personal data during the contract period but any personal data not already removed (during anonymisation of the survey or the transcription process) will be deleted by Wavehill three months after the end of the contract (expected to be March 2022). This includes your contact details. Wavehill will provide Welsh Government with an anonymised version of the data which will not include information that could identify you. ​ Individual rights ​ Under UK GDPR, you have the following rights in relation to the personal information you provide as part of this research, you have the right: To access a copy of your own data; For us to rectify inaccuracies in that data; To object to or restrict processing (in certain circumstances); For your data to be ‘erased’ (in certain circumstances); and To lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection. The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Phone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113. Website: www.ico.gov.uk Further Information If you have any further questions about how the data provided as part of this study will be used by the Welsh Government or wish to exercise your rights using the UK General Data Protection Regulation, please contact: Name: Semele Mylona Email address: Semele.mylona@gov.wales ​ The Welsh Government’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at: Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff. CF10 3NQ
Email: DataProtectionOfficer@gov.wales.

Evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeship Programme – Apprentices

The Welsh Government has commissioned Wavehill, a research consultancy, to undertake an evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeship Programme...