• We are work in progress...

    We are currently rebranding and transitioning into a new programme - whilst the mission and purpose will be the same, the delivery will change.... for the better :)


    Therefore - some of the information may not be as accurate as we transition into ZEALLY - please do reach out to community@plmacademy.org.uk for any questions.


    Last updated 9th March 2020

  • About Us

    Our career changer programme is now open for applications

    The People Like Me (PLM) Academy is a registered and accredited Social Enterprise helping young people 'up-skill' within the digital tech space.


    We are on an ambitious mission to connect 20,020 young people with digital tech opportunities and training.

    For many 18 - 30 year olds across the UK, there is a desire or feeling of missing out with digital tech skills.

    We believe that no young person should fall into a digital poverty where they are unable to access the means to learn new digital skills irrespective of their environment.

    Our approach is community driven and socially led, particularly drawn to those in society who may get left behind. Our delivery is ensuring that we are able to provide support, training and mentorship for young people across the UK.

    We would love to see you join us!

  • The PLM Academy Story

    From an idea to a reality.

    The People Like Me Academy was created out of a number of frustrations.

    As a recent 'adulting' graduate, André felt that there was no one who looked like him in the creative industry who was still reachable and willing to give their time.


    On top of this, despite having digital marketing experience through university and internships at some of the biggest brands in the world, there was still a struggle to find a steady entry level role.


    From this, there was a belief that there were other young people who struggled to either make connections as well as being unable to enter the digital tech space because of the lack of a track record.


    The PLM Academy provides the opportunity to learn the theory whilst gaining experience, and connecting young people with mentors and facilitators who want to see them win!


    We truly believe in making digital tech skills accessible to young people, to help them discover opportunities which may not have been open to.

Policy Name:		Online Privacy Policy
Date of Last Update:	21st October 2018
We ask that you read this privacy notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use and share personal information, your rights in relation to your personal information and on how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.
This Privacy Policy covers the processing, including without limitation the collection, use, disclosure, transfer, storage and deletion, of all personal data that is collected by The People Like Me Group through our Website.
We process your personal data in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In particular, we process personal data solely for lawful purposes, either in connection with a contract we have with you, subject to your consent, or on another permitted basis.  We only process the minimum amount of personal data that is required for the relevant processing purpose, and we limit our processing to specific limited purposes necessary to conduct our activities.  We only store your personal data as long as it is necessary for the purpose of the specific processing activity it was collected for, or for any longer period of time that we may be obligated by law to retain it.
As defined in the GDPR, “personal data” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a “data subject”), being a natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. 
1) Privacy and Cookie Policy 
The People Like Me Academy is a company incorporated in England with company number 11391938. Our registered office is Kemp House, 152 - 160 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 2NX. Via our site at https://www.plmacademy.org.uk (our site), The PLM Academy (Part of The People Like Me Group) provides services to facilitate the education of digital tech skills, provide a service for creative solutions and facilitate the hiring of staff (our services). This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data (meaning information about an individual from which that individual can be personally identified) we collect from you, or that you, or others, provide to us, will be processed by us. For the purpose of data protection laws, the data controller is The People Like Me Group. 
This privacy policy applies to personal data of our website users, candidates, clients, suppliers and any other person who may access our website.
2) We collect the following personal information when you provide it to us:
Submitting your CV or registering for our services
–     	Full name;
–     	Email address;
–     	Contact number;
–     	Full postal address; and
–     	Other information which may be included in your CV 
Services for talent
–     	Full name;
–     	Full postal address;
–     	Business Account Number and Sort Code
–     	Email address;
–     	Contact number; and
–     	Other information which may be included in your CV which you upload 
Signing up to our newsletter
–     	Full name; and
–     	Email address.
Contacting us via our contact page
–     	Full name; and
–     	Email address.
We also obtain personal information from other sources as follows:
Third parties, including other recruitment agencies, online recruitment boards and professional networking sites, including LinkedIn.
3) We use your personal information to:
Provide you with our recruitment services and to facilitate the recruitment process;
Assessing data about you against vacancies which we think may be suitable for you;
Sending your information to our clients, where we think you are suitable for a vacant job role or in order for our client to assess your eligibility;
Processing your personal information  in order to provide you with relevant marketing materials which we think may be of interest to you;
To carry out any obligations arising from any contract(s) we have entered into with you;
Verifying details or requesting additional details in relation to references, qualifications, criminal convictions and health related matters (where applicable);
4) Who we share your personal information with
The PLM Group will not sell, rent or lease your personal data to others. The PLM Group will not share your personal data with third parties except in line with permitted uses, or as specifically consented to by you. The PLM Group shares customer information across PLM Group-owned business entities and companies working on our behalf, but only as described in this Privacy Policy.
Circumstances may arise where, whether for strategic or other business reasons, The PLM Group decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize businesses in some countries. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal data to prospective or actual purchasers or receiving it from sellers. It is The PLM Group’s practice to seek appropriate protection for information, including personal data, in these types of transactions.
The PLM Group may share your personal data with third parties acting on behalf of The PLM Group, which may be located in other jurisdictions. We ensure that such transfers are lawful, including by ensuring that they are to jurisdictions that are considered to have equivalent privacy protections, and/or ensuring that the third parties to whom we transfer your personal data are under contract to The PLM Group and bound by appropriate data protection clauses or other approved safeguards, as applicable in each situation. 
Where appropriate, we may share your personal data, in various ways and for various reasons, with the following categories of people:
Individuals and organisations who hold information related to your reference or application to work with us, including current, past or prospective  employers, education providers, examining bodies/associations, and other employment and recruitment agencies;
Where you are a candidate, potential employers and other recruitment organisations;
Governmental authorities including HMRC and law enforcement  where we believe that law or regulation require use to share this data;
Third party service providers who perform or facilitate tasks on our behalf, including professional advisers (such as accountants or solicitors), criminal conviction check services, technical and IT support and consultants; and
Marketing agencies.
This data sharing enables us to provide our recruitment services to you and increases your chances of finding talent and/or new opportunities.
We will not share your personal information with any other third party.
5) Reasons we can collect and use your personal information
We rely on the following lawful bases on which we collect and use your personal data:
Contractual basis: the use of your personal data is necessary for us to perform our obligations to you under the contract  we have in place with you (where applicable);
Legal compliance basis: the use of your personal data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject i.e. HMRC and tax duties;
Consent basis: the use of your sensitive personal data (where applicable) is authorised by you providing consent to us; or
Our Legitimate interests basis: we can use your personal data where it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights or freedoms of you. Typically we will rely on the legitimate interests basis when: (a) interacting with current or potential clients (where we do not have an existing contractual basis) but we wish to provide them with speculative CVs; or (b) direct marketing to our website users, candidates and/or clients.
6) Your rights
You have certain specific rights with respect to how we process your data.  The PLM Group is committed to ensuring that your rights are protected.  The GDPR sets out the following rights applicable to data subjects:
a) The right to be informed – We have provided this Privacy Policy to provide you with concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible information about how we use your personal data, including specific information depending on whether or not we have obtained your personal data directly from you. 
b) The right of access – You have right to obtain from us confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and the following information:
	(a) the purposes of the processing; 
	(b) the categories of personal data concerned; 
	(c) the recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations; 
	(d) where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period; 
	(e) the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing; 
	(f) the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority; 
	(g) where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source; 
	(h) the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject. 
	(i) Where personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation, we will inform you of the appropriate safeguards in place in relation to the transfer.
c) The right to rectification – We will rectify without undue delay any inaccurate personal data we hold concerning you, including completing any incomplete personal data.  
d) The right to erasure (also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’) – You have the right to have us erase all personal data we hold concerning you, without undue delay, in one of the following circumstances:
	(a) the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; 
	(b) you withdraw your consent on which the processing is based and there is no other legal ground for the processing; 
	(c) you object to the processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or you objected to the processing in respect to direct marketing; 
	(d) the personal data have been unlawfully processed; 
	(e) the personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in EU or member country law to which our organisation is subject; or
e) Right to lodge a complaint with your data protection supervisory authority - In the event you believe that we are processing your personal data otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority located in the EU jurisdiction where you reside.  For the UK, the supervisory authority is the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. 
7) Links to other websites
The website may provide links to third-party companies’ websites for your convenience and information. If you access those links, you will leave the our website. The PLM Group does not control those sites, their content or their privacy practices, which may differ. We do not endorse or make any representations about third-party websites. The personal data you choose to give to unrelated third parties is not covered by this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any company before submitting your personal data. 
Some third-party companies may choose to share their personal data with The PLM Group; that sharing is governed by that third-party company's privacy policy. 
8) Children's privacy
The PLM Group is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests. The PLM Group does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 and The PLM Group does not target its Website or any of its services to children under the age of 16. 
9) Keeping your personal information secure
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.
10) Cookies

A cookie is a small file that is downloaded to your computer when visiting a website. Cookies are used to optimize the users experience and to determine how the website is used. Cookies used on this website do not tell us who you are.
How The People Like Me Group uses cookies
The People Like Me Group uses two cookie files. These cookie files are required for the website to function correctly and to determine statistics on the usage of the website. See below:
_bobcat_session Cookie
_bobcat_session is a unique ID that is generated to allow the website to work seamlessly by linking interactions and pages together.
Google Analytics Cookie
Google Analytics is a Google application used to determine how users interact with plmacademy.org.uk. Information gathered includes your length of stay and which pages of our website you visit. Google Analytics is used by most mainstream websites.
How Can I Disable or Enable Cookies?
Cookies are required by plmacademy.org.uk to function correctly. If you would like to enable or disable cookies you can learn more here. You can opt out of Google Analytics here.
Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
11) Changes to this Privacy Policy
If there are updates to the terms this Privacy Policy, we will post those changes and update the revision date in this document, so you will always know what information we collect, how we use it, and what choices you have. For material changes to this Privacy Policy, The PLM Group will actively notify affected individuals.  
12) Contacting us
We value your opinions. If you have comments or questions about our Privacy Policy – as well as if you have any requests or questions regarding our processing of your personal data, please contact the below: 
Email the DPO: 				privacy@theplmacademy.org.uk