USER TERMS

INTRODUCTION

Use of the website and services available at https://account.sds.co.uk/ ("The Site") and the services provided via third parties on The Site are conditional upon you accepting the following terms and conditions (“the Terms and Conditions"). Unless otherwise specified, your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions shall be indicated by your use of and/or registration with The Site. The Site is provided by The Skills Development Scotland Co Limited, a company registered in Scotland with company number SC202659 and having its registered office at Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow G2 1DY ("we", “our” or "us").

These Terms and Conditions form our entire agreement with you in respect of use of the Site and supersede any prior agreement or arrangement with you in respect of the Site. Unless the context otherwise requires, references to "you" and "your" in these Terms and Conditions relate to you.

Any breach of the Terms and Conditions may, at our sole discretion, result in your rights to access the Site being suspended or removed.

AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE

We will endeavour to ensure that The Site is available 24 hours per day without any interruptions. However, we reserve the right to make The Site unavailable at any time or to restrict access to parts or all of The Site, in line with operational requirements.

USE OF THE SITE

The Site is designed for your personal, non-commercial use and you must not use it in any other way without our consent. You must not use, copy, translate, publish, license or sell The Site or any materials or information in The Site or the structure, overall style and program code of The Site without our consent. If you wish to make a request for consent, please contact us.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The content of The Site (including, but not limited to all text, imagery and artwork) is protected by copyright. The copyright is owned by us or is otherwise licensed from a third party for use by us. The Site contains registered and unregistered trademarks which we either own or are licensed to use. The authors of the documents appearing on the Site assert their moral rights. https://account.sds.co.uk/ is a registered subdomain name of Skills Development Scotland.

You may view or download any part of the Site for private purposes (including but not limited to the purposes of seeking information), but you are not permitted, without our permission, to:

All other rights which are not specifically granted are reserved.

USER CONDUCT

You must not:

DATA PROTECTION

It is your responsibility to ensure that that you give us an accurate and valid email address and other contact details, and to inform us of any changes. We comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and all related legislation in the UK. For a description of how we use your personal data, please see our Privacy & Cookies Policy below.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Skills Development Scotland is subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 which provides a general right of access to information held by Scottish Public Authorities.

For more information please contact us on 0141 285 6000 or by email at foi@sds.co.uk.

OUR LIABILITY

Since a substantial part of The Site is both free and available to all, it is a condition that your use of The Site is at your own risk. We shall not be liable to you or in breach of this User Agreement for any delay or failure to perform any obligation if the delay or failure is due to a cause beyond our reasonable control including, without limitation, the blocking or restricting of information to and/or from our network.

The Site and its contents are for general information only and are provided "as is" and on an "as available" basis. Accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted by law, we exclude all representations, warranties, conditions and other terms. Specifically, we are not responsible for the legality, appropriateness or otherwise of the content of any advertisements, listings, postings or opportunities published by any employer or other third party that may appear on, or be linked to by, the Site; and we make no warranties, representations or undertakings about:

We make reasonable efforts to ensure that The Site is free from so-called computer viruses, however, it is strongly recommended that you check for such viruses before downloading any content.

We accept no liability for any claims, penalties, loss, damage or expenses arising from: any reliance placed on the content of The Site; the use or inability to use The Site; the downloading of any materials from The Site; or any unauthorised access to or alteration to The Site. This section shall not exclude liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for any other matter that cannot be lawfully limited or excluded by law.

USER CONTENT

This section shall apply to the extent that The Site may give you the option to send us content to be posted on The Site by us ("User Content").

By sending us User Content, you will be deemed to:

  1. Warrant to us that all registration information you submit, including age verification information if you are under 16, is truthful and accurate
  2. Consent to us editing that User Content at our discretion
  3. Grant to us an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free licence to use and publish that User Content for any purpose associated with our general objective make skills work for employers
  4. Irrevocably waive in our favour any moral rights you may have in such User Content in terms of Chapter IV Part I of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and any similar rights available in any part of the world
  5. Warrant to us that you are the owner of the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the User Content, that the User Content is your original work and that the User Content does not infringe the rights (including intellectual property rights) of any third party.

We do not guarantee that any User Content you submit will be posted on The Site.

Please note that comments made by other users of The Site which may be posted on The Site are provided for your information only and do not necessarily represent our views and opinions.

TAKE DOWN NOTICE POLICY

In the event that you consider your rights to have been infringed by another user's conduct it is our intention to respond to all clear notices of copyright infringement, defamatory content or otherwise via our Take Down Notice Policy.

If you believe that your own copyrighted work is accessible on The Site in violation of your copyright or that obscene or defamatory comments have been made in relation to you, then you may submit a Take Down Notice. You must include the following information within the Take Down Notice:

The Take Down Notice should be submitted to us at customer.services@sds.co.uk.

Upon receipt of a Take Down Notice we shall remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material if we consider it appropriate to do so. We may also advise the alleged infringer of your claim.

In the event that a Take Down Notice is received in connection with any content which you have posted or made available on The Site, you consent to the release of your personal contact details in connection with any investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, defamation or other unlawful activity. Such personal information will only be released to the complainant where required by law. In such circumstances we may, if we are required to do so, disclose your name, home address and e-mail address to the complainant or the complainant's representatives.

PASSWORD PROTECTED AREAS

The Site contains password protected areas which allow you to view certain selected content. Access to the password protected area is by an account. With an account, you can sign into SDS services on www.apprenticeships.scot and www.ourskillsforce.co.uk. When you create your own account, we refer to that account as a personal account. You can create this account using your private or employer email address.

Creating and using your personal account - When you create a personal account, you will be asked for certain personal data and we will assign a unique ID number to identify your account and associated information. We may use the name that you provide for your Profile across all of the services we offer that require an account.

Signing in - When you sign into your account, we create a record of your sign-in, which includes the date and time, information about the service you signed into, your sign-in name, the unique number assigned to your account, a unique identifier assigned to your device, your IP address, and your operating system and browser version.

Signing into your account - Signing into your account enables improved personalization, provides seamless and consistent experiences across products and devices. When you sign into your account, you will stay signed in until you sign out.

Your login details are the same for apprenticeships.scot and ourskillsforce.co.uk. If you sign up for the services on one site, it automatically gives you access to the services of the other site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and user name and are fully responsible for all activities occurring under your username or password.

When selecting your privacy settings please consider carefully the number of people who may be able to view the information you post and whether it is safe to disclose that type of information. We recommend that you do not disclose your home address, telephone number, date of birth or work, place of study or school location in a way that could be publicly accessed.

While The Site allows you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are one hundred percent effective. Accordingly we cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you choose to share your pages and information and do not guarantee that User Content you post on The Site will not be viewed by unauthorised persons. We are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on The Site.

You can delete your account by going to the Account settings page. Deleting the account will remove your account profile data from our system. Any user content including apprenticeship vacancies or low carbon funding applications created with your account will not be deleted from the system on deletion of your account.

SMALL PRINT

We may terminate this User Agreement at any time. You may not transfer any of your rights or delegate any of your obligations under this User Agreement without our prior written consent. If we fail to enforce any provision of this User Agreement, that failure will not preclude us from enforcing either that provision (or any similar provision) on a later occasion. Nothing in this User Agreement shall confer on any third party any benefit or the right to enforce any term of the User Agreement. This User Agreement is governed by Scottish law and any dispute connected with this agreement is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts. Nothing in this User Agreement affects your statutory rights as a consumer.

We reserve the right to amend or replace the Terms and Conditions at any time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent notice on The Site.

COMPLAINTS

If you are dissatisfied with The Site, in the first instance please email complaints@sds.co.uk.

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