Cookie policy

A cookie is a small piece of information that is placed on your computer, tablet or phone when you visit certain websites, including this one. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users - which makes the site work properly - and to monitor the health of the site. You can find out more about cookies at

We use the following types of cookie:

  • Session cookies: these are deleted when you finish browsing our website
  • Persistent cookies: these are stored on your computer after you have finished browsing our website so that we can recall your preferences the next time you visit.

Cookies used for analytics and performance monitoring are a mixture of session and persistent cookies, but they do not contain any personal information. For more information on these cookies see

If you continue to use our site, we presume that you are happy to receive all its cookies. If not, most browsers allow you to turn off cookies; to do this, check the “help” menu on your browser, but note that switching off cookies may affect site operation and you may not be able to access some parts of our site.

If you delete cookies relating to this site we will not remember things about you, including your cookie preferences, and you will be treated as a first-time visitor when you come back.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this cookies policy, please email [email protected].

List of cookies

Name Description
_atuvc Used by AddThis share buttons on the news stories to update the social sharing counter. Expires after 1 year and 1 month.
_atuvs Used by AddThis to ensure user sees the updated count if they share a page via the social sharing platform. Expires after 1 year.

Used by the CloudFlare website security service to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. Allows CloudFlare to detect and block security threats while allowing genuine traffic through.  It does not correspond to any user ID on a web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information. Expires after 1 year.

_ga Google Analytics cookie . This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. Set to expire after 2 years.
_gat Google Analytics cookie. Used to throttle request rate. Set to expire after 1 minute.
_gid Google Analytics cookie. Used to distinguish users. Set to expire in 24 hours.


Used by the Apprenticeship Chatbot user interface software,, to remember chat users for managing ongoing conversations. These will expire after 30 days.
SESSxxxxx Set by the Drupal CMS that powers the site to track user sessions which will maintain the users state across page requests. For registered users only. Expires after the session.
has_js Detects whether the user is running JavaScript. Expires after session.
Webform The site CMS (Drupal) may set cookies when you use a form to contact the FBU, used to remember selections for users. These will expire after a year.
YouTube This site uses YouTube to display videos. These videos are embedded onto this site, but YouTube may use cookies associated with their service.
Twitter This site uses a Twitter feed. This is embedded onto this site, but Twitter may use cookies associated with their service.