Time off for training

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Employment protection measures


  • Employees in organisations with 250 or more employees (but not agency workers) can request time off to undertake study or training.
  • The study or training need not lead to the award of an actual qualification, and may take place in or out of the workplace. 
  • The qualifying period to benefit from this right is 26 weeks’ continuous employment. 
  • Employers do not have to pay for the time off. But for those employees who earn the National Minimum Wage or little more, there may be an obligation on the employer to pay for the time spent training to ensure that total pay in any reference period satisfies NMW requirements.
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