Many UK citizens aren’t aware that as of 6 April 2010, they qualify for the right to request time off from work in order to learn new skills that could benefit their career in the future. This right to request ‘time to train’ gives anyone who works in an organisation with at least 250 employees the opportunity to learn valuable skills through study or training. It’s a great opportunity for those who have always wanted to expand their education but who’ve felt that they don’t have the extra time to do so on top of long work hours.
Do You Qualify?
There are just a few requirements to be able to make a request for time off, such as having worked at your organisation for at least 26 straight weeks before applying. You also can’t be young enough that you’re already expected to take part in formal education (for all you 16—18 year olds out there.) But once you’ve made sure that you qualify, you can begin the process of figuring out whether or not the training you’re interested in qualifies under the guidelines.
So begin by asking yourself this:
Will this training lead to a qualification?
Will this training help me develop skills relevant to my job or workplace?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to the above questions then there’s a very good chance that your request will be approved. Desired training can be directly related to your current work, something that might help you progress within your business, or even something that could help you progress in a different area of the industry. As long as it helps improve your overall performance and productivity, you can request it!
It only gets better — there isn’t even a limit to the length of time that you can take to complete your training. So if you think this is something that might be of interest to you, learn more about how to make a request and start applying for your ‘time to train’ today!