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  • help us understand how you use the website, so we can make improvements
  • remember what notifications you’ve seen so you’re not shown them more than once
  • temporarily store the selections you make

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Cookies that measure website usage

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use the service. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site. Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit on this service and how long you spend on them
  • what you click on while you're visiting the site

We may also set our own cookies to understand how people move through the site.

Google Analytics cookies

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users. 2 years
_gid Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users. 1 day
_gat Google Analytics throttling rate request 1 minute

Google cookies

We use Google Maps to display the location of apprenticeships/traineeships. Google stores two cookies on your computer for this service.

Name Purpose Expires
PREF Allows Google to remember preferences such as language and layout. 1 year
NID Allows Google to customise adverts on its own websites. 6 months

CloudFlare cookies

We use CloudFlare cookies to support the assets of this service.

Name Purpose Expires
__cfduid Used to override security restrictions the user’s IP address may have. 2 years

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires
User.Data Stores the session id and settings of a signed in user that are lost when the session ends. Session
User.Context Stores the email address and full name of a signed in user. Session
User.Auth Stores encrypted information that is used by the server to identify the signed in user. 2 hours
NAS.SearchResultsDetails Stores settings used to customise the display of search results for your user. Session
MarketingConsent Status of consent for marketing tracking 1 year
AnalyticsConsent Status of consent for Analytics tracking 1 year
DASSeenCookieMessage Stores if user has seen the cookie message 1 year

Introductory message cookies

When you first use the service, you may see pop-up ‘welcome’ or ‘help’ messages. Once you’ve seen one of these, we store a cookie on your computer so it knows not to show it to you again.

Name Purpose Expires
NAS.DisplayEuCookieDirective Saves a message to let us know you've seen our cookie message. 12 months
NAS.CookieDetection Determines whether the user has cookies enabled. 12 months
NAS.Help Saves a message to let us know you've seen our help guides. 12 months

Dismissable message cookies

We will make you aware of planned outages with pop-up messages. These messages can be dismissed and, when dismissed we store a cookie on your computer so it knows not to show it to you again.

Name Purpose Expires
NAS.DismissPlannedOutageMessage Lets us know that you don't want to see our planned outage message. 18 hours

Multi-language Appnexus

Name Purpose Expires
pll_language Used for remembering selected language option. 1 year


Name Purpose Expires
uuid2 This cookie contains a unique randomly-generated value that enables the Platform to distinguish browsers and devices. It is matched against information – such as advertising interest segments and histories of ads shown in the browser or device – provided by clients or other third parties and stored on the Platform. This information is used by clients to select advertisements for delivery by the Platform, and to measure the performance of, and attribute payment for, those advertisements. In addition, to enable clients to use non-PII they collect outside the Platform or acquire from other third parties, this cookie is sometimes matched to clients’ or other third parties’ cookies that contain such non-PII. For more information about information collected and used on the Platform, see our platform privacy page. 18 months
uuid2 (opt out) When a user opts out of having the Platform used to select ads based on online behaviour, the unique value in uuid2 is deleted and replaced with the non-unique value “-1”. For more information about the Platform opt out, click here. 18 months
sess The sess cookie contains a single non-unique value: “1”. It is used by the Platform to test whether a browser is configured to accept cookies from AppNexus. 18 months
icu The icu cookie is used to select ads and limit the number of times a user sees a particular ad. It contains information such as the number of times an ad has been shown, how recently an ad has been shown, or how many total ads have been shown. 18 months
anj The anj cookie contains data denoting whether a cookie ID is synced with our partners. ID syncing enables our partners to use their data from outside the Platform on the Platform. 18 months
token Cookies that start with token are helper cookies used as a security measure with industry opt-out pages. They contain a unique value only to verify the origin of opt-out requests. 18 months
acb Cookies that begin with acb have a value unique to a particular ad and are used to indicate to the Platform which ad to 18 months
PHPSESSID This cookie is used for managing sessions of visitors to the website, which is intended for use by AppNexus employees. This cookie is used for administrative purposes. It is not set by the Platform or used for advertising purposes. 18 months

Double click

Name Purpose Expires
Preferences These cookies allow our websites to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region you are in. For instance, by remembering your region, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news. These cookies can also assist you in changing text size, font, and other parts of web pages that you can personalize. Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working. Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. 30 Days
Security We use security cookies to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorized parties. For example, we use cookies called ‘SID’ and ‘HSID’ which contain digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time. The combination of these two cookies allows us to block many types of attack, such as attempts to steal the content of forms that you complete on web pages. 30 Days
Processes Process cookies help make the website work and deliver services that the website visitor expects, like navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, the website cannot function properly. For example, we use a cookie called ‘lbcs’ which makes it possible for Google Docs to open many Docs in one browser. Blocking this cookie would prevent Google Docs from operating correctly. 30 Days
Advertising We use cookies to make advertising more engaging to users and more valuable to publishers and advertisers. Some common applications of cookies are to select advertising based on what’s relevant to a user; to improve reporting on campaign performance; and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen. Google uses cookies like NID and SID to help customize ads on Google properties, like Google Search. For example, we use such cookies to remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions with an advertiser’s ads or search results, and your visits to an advertiser’s website. This helps us to show you customized ads on Google. We also use cookies for advertising we serve across the web. Our main advertising cookie on non-Google sites is named ‘id’ or ‘IDE‘ and is stored in browsers under the domain We use other cookies with names such as DSID, FLC, AID, TAID, and exchange_uid. Other Google properties, like YouTube, may also use these cookies to show you more relevant ads. Sometimes an advertising cookie may be set on the domain of the site you're visiting. In the case of our DoubleClick product, a cookie named ‘__gads’ may be set on the domain of the site you're visiting. Unlike cookies that are set on Google's own domains, this cookie can't be read by Google when you're on other sites. It serves purposes such as measuring interactions with the ads on that domain and preventing the same ads from being shown to you too many times. Google also uses conversion cookies, whose main purpose is to help advertisers determine how many times people who click on their ads end up purchasing their products. These cookies allow Google and the advertiser to determine that you clicked the ad and later visited the advertiser's site. Conversion cookies are not used by Google for personalized ad targeting and persist for a limited time only. A cookie named ‘Conversion‘ is dedicated to this purpose. It's generally set in the domain (you can find a list of domains we use for advertising cookies at the foot of this page). Some of our other cookies may be used to measure conversion events as well. For example, DoubleClick and Google Analytics cookies may also be used for this purpose. We also use cookies named ‘AID‘ and ‘TAID‘, which are used to link your activity across devices if you’ve previously signed in to your Google Account on another device. We do this to coordinate the ads you see across devices and measure conversion events. These cookies may be set on the domains,, or If you don't want the ads you see to be coordinated across your devices, you can opt out of Ads Personalization using Ads Settings. 30 Days
Session State Websites often collect information about how users interact with a website. This may include the pages users visit most often and whether users get error messages from certain pages. We use these so-called ‘session state cookies’ to help us improve our services, in order to improve our users’ browsing experience. Blocking or deleting these cookies will not render the website unusable. These cookies may also be used to anonymously measure the effectiveness of PPC (pay per click) and affiliate advertising. For example, we use a cookie called ‘recently_watched_video_id_list’ so that YouTube can record the videos most recently watched by a particular browser. 30 Days
Analytics Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool that helps website and app owners to understand how their visitors engage with their properties. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘__ga’ cookie. In addition to reporting website usage statistics, Google Analytics can also be used, together with some of the advertising cookies described above, to help show more relevant ads on Google properties (like Google Search) and across the web. 30 Days


Name Purpose Expires
Facebook Pixel (ID:603196216546448) To track the effectiveness of our online advertising 30 Days


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LinkedIn Insight Tag/Pixel To track the effectiveness of our online advertising 30 Days

Radium One

Name Purpose Expires Build up audience segment based on those who visit landing page 1 year

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