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15 June 2010
It makes good business sense for organisations to provide their employees with the right training and tools to help them perform well in their roles, but this doesn’t always mean that training is provided. Some organisations view training as a distraction and dislike the fact that their staff are away from the desks when they could be working.
However, since April, employees now have the right to request time off for training thanks to the ‘Time to Train’ legislation. This new law affects 11 million UK workers in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations that have more than 250 staff have to comply, while the legislation could also apply to organisations with fewer numbers from April 2011.
Under the ‘Time to Train’ legislation, employers have to ‘seriously consider’ a formal request from employees for time away from their core duties to undertake training. The employees must have given a minimum of 26 weeks service to be eligible.
Some key facts for employers
What do employers need to know?
If you already deal with all training requests and your people development is aligned to organisational objectives, then no major changes are needed. However, the new law presents an opportunity to review how you currently deliver training and support performance organisation-wide.
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