Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner Apprentice

  • Co-op Academies Trust
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • £24294 per annum

We have an exciting opportunity for a Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner Apprentice to join Co-op Academies Trust. Your role will be to support the Trust in fulfilling its responsibilities to comply with the Data Protection Act, UK GDPR, the Freedom of Information Act and with Trust policy and expectation.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
    £24,294 p/a
  • Hours
    37.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    19 Months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
  • Opportunity Type
    Higher Level 4
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Data protection and information governance practitioner (ST0967)
  • Employer
    Co-op Academies Trust


Main Duties:

  • To respond to data protection queries from schools and central team colleagues, in consultation with the Data Protection Officer; communicating established processes and procedures.
  • To ensure all central staff have undertaken appropriate data protection training in a timely way and to maintain such records.
  • To provide support to colleagues in responding to requests for information including subject access requests, and requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, ensuring these are complied with within statutory timescales and that records are maintained.
  • To provide support with redacting images and documents as required.
  • To assist the Data Protection Officer to respond to data breaches in a timely way, supporting investigations, and liaising with colleagues and third parties to ensure that appropriate actions/learnings are identified and followed up, and records are maintained.
  • To assist the Data Protection Officer and other colleagues in assessing the risks of sharing data with third party suppliers, or allowing third parties to process data on our behalf; supporting with due diligence checks, maintaining records of processing activity and the completion of data protection impact assessments when required, seeking support and guidance from the Data Protection Officer as needed.
  • To provide administrative support to the Data Protection Officer and other colleagues, preparing documents and materials for review and approval.
  • To support the Trust’s Data Protection Ambassador network by taking notes of meetings and contributing to the sharing of good practice across the Trust.
  • To provide support to the Data Protection Officer in order to deliver training, communicate key messages to colleagues and to support and promote a safe culture across the Trust, ensuring that data protection has a high profile.
  • To support the Data Protection Officer on key projects which seek to embed data protection compliance across the Trust.
  • To contribute to the continuous improvement of systems and processes.

Company benefits:

  • Pension Schemes - with defined benefits
  • Support Staff most support staff pay less than 7% and the employer pays much more (roughly double)
  • Teachers - Depending on your salary you will pay in line with the contribution rates for the scheme. The employer pays 23.68% of your salary as our contribution.

  • Special Leave including - time off for bereavement;
  • Co-op Colleague Membership- you can apply for a card which gives 30% off when you buy selected Co-op branded products and 10% off branded products in Co-op Group food stores;
  • Discount on Co-op services (insurance & legal):
  • An employee Assistance programme for colleagues (provided by Kays Medical)
  • Generous Occupational Sick Pay;
  • Free annual flu vaccination;
  • Commuter Assistance - Interest free loans for Season Tickets to help with Travel costs;
  • Rental Deposit Loans - Interest free loans for the deposit to rent a home
  • Cycle Scheme - a salary sacrifice arrangement where you agree contractually to a regular reduction from your gross salary to cover the cost of the bike and permitted accessories, therefore making tax and National Insurance savings. This scheme is open 3 times a year for 2 weeks;
  • Free Tea and Coffee;
  • Referral scheme (if you refer someone who doesn’t work for the Trust for a position and they are appointed - £100.00 “reward”)
  • If you wish to study for further qualifications for your role support may be given (e.g. course funding where appropriate, time off to attend exams);
  • Something about CPD that’s offered
  • Discount from Nuffield Health
  • Gym Memberships
  • Online fitness subscriptions
  • Working from home (Hub/central team)

  • Co-op Credit Union
  • Co-op Funeral Care Discounts
  • Free Eyecare Tests

For more information about this vacancy please contact Damar Training on 0161 480 8171 (Ref ID: 247216)

Company website :

  • A basic understanding of data protection legislation is highly desirable
  • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to interpret and communicate information based on agreed policy and procedure.
  • Organisational skills to work under pressure to complete tasks to deadlines, re-prioritise own workload where necessary.
  • Willing and able to travel to various sites across the Trust as needed.
  • Experience of using computer packages for word processing, spreadsheets, e-mails and researching information.
  • Previous experience of using a google based workspace and Adobe Pro is highly desirable.
  • Experience of undertaking a wide range of office based administration and clerical tasks.
  • Experience of team working to work effectively with others and meet deadline and goals
  • Experience of following instructions, procedures and policies.
  • Experience of establishing strong relationships across a range of stakeholders is desirable.

  • 5 x GCSE (A–C) or Level 9 -4 passes (or equivalent) which must include English and maths.
  • 3 x A Levels passes (A – C) excluding General Studies (or equivalent)

  • Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner (Level 4) Standard

  • Being able to use your initiative and work independently to meet deadlines and be able to manage conflicting deadlines.
  • Confident, professional, open and honest approach.
  • Flexible, adaptable and willing to meet the needs of the Trust.
  • A demonstrable belief in the values and principles of the co-operative movement and the ways of being Co-op.

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship there is opportunity for a permanent position for the right candidate.

Working Pattern Monday to Friday from 9:00am till 5:00pm.

Damar is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our apprentices and expects our employer partners to share this commitment and to take appropriate steps to ensure that learning takes place in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.

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