Right to make a request in relation to study or training

Fiona Cuming

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

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