Is there a particular format in which a statutory request in relation to study or training must be made?

A statutory request by an employee in relation to study or training must be in writing (an email counts as writing for these purposes), must be dated and must state that it is an application under s.63D of the Employment Rights Act 1996. It must include details of:

  • the subject matter of the proposed training;
  • where and when the training would take place;
  • who would provide or supervise the training; and
  • what, if any, qualifications the training would lead to.

The application must also explain how the employee thinks that the training would improve his or her effectiveness in the employer's business, and the performance of the employer's business. Where the employee has made a previous statutory study or training request, the request must also give the date of the last request, and the method by which it was submitted.