Editor's message: Employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service and working in organisations with 250 or more employees, have the statutory right to request time off to train or study. This right does not apply to certain groups of young employees.
Employees must apply in writing, and provide certain information such as how the proposed study or training will help them be more productive in their work and assist the performance of the business.
Employers are required to follow a statutory procedure when considering a request, and employees have the right to appeal if a request, or part of it, is refused.
Fiona Cuming, employment law editor
Updated to take into account the new duty on public-sector employers to publish paid time spent on union functions by trade union officials and trade union learning representatives, effective from 1 April 2017.
Use this training workflow to deal with a request in relation to study or training made under the statutory procedure.
The law on training obligations, including the procedure for dealing with statutory requests in relation to study or training, recovery of training costs, and the right to paid time off for training enjoyed by pension scheme trustees, safety representatives, trade union officials and trade union learning representatives.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the right to make a request in relation to study or training.