work-related training

Work Related Training

Training adds to Red Tape burden

The Government’s proposal to force businesses to consider employee requests for time off for work–related training will mean more red tape for SMEs, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. The FSB has called for firms with up to 20 employees to be exempt from the regulations, which would require employers to hold formal meetings with staff seeking time off for training. Under the FSB’s proposals, these businesses would be allowed to hold informal one–on–one meetings with employees, without the need for union representation (the Government’s proposals give employees the right to be accompanied to the meeting by their trade union representative).FSB education and skills chairman Colin Willman said; “The ‘time to train’ proces... »

Employees may be Granted Right to Request Training

Businesses may be forced to consider employee requests for time-off for work-related training under new regulations which could be introduced by 2010. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has launched a consultation on the new laws, which would give employees the right to request time-off work for training. The entitlement would be available to all employees after 26 weeks with their employer. “We have still not persuaded every employer of the importance of skills,” said Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills John Denham. “A third of employers still don’t train their staff”. “We need to find new ways to bring the drive for skills into every workplace and to every worker. This is why we are consulting on a new ... »