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Rights to request training - Government guidance issued

Rights to request training - Government guidance issued
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 00:00

The government has published guidance for employers on the regulation that from 6 April 2010 allows employees the right to request time for training.

Employers will be required to consider any requests and respond within a set timeframe. Requests can be turned down when you have a good business reason to do so, including where you do not believe the training will help improve business performance. The new right is similar to the model for agreeing requests under the flexible working arrangements.

The implementation of the new regulation is to be phased in over the next year and will apply to employers with 250 or more staff from April 2010 before being extended to all employees from April 2011. These rights were included in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act, which received Royal Assent in November 2009.

Kevin Brennan, the Skills Minister, said: Now, more than ever, we need learning and training opportunities in place that empower people to gain the skills and training they need to get on.

Many businesses and organisations are really good at training their staff and already recognise the benefits of having a highly skilled and motivated workforce. While two-thirds of businesses do train their staff, we need to encourage employers and employees who do not to speak about training opportunities.

The guidance for employers can be found at www.businesslink.gov.uk/timetotrain

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