Summary of the scheme

The right to request time off for training follows the same model used for considering requests for flexible working in that:

(i) the employee must initiate the request in writing; in order for the request for ‘time to train’ to be a valid request, covered by the legislation, it must be submitted in writing  (in any format) and contain specific information which is detailed in the requirements of the scheme.

(ii) except where an application is going to be approved in full a meeting should be held with the staff member to discuss the application before a decision is reached

(iii) there is no obligation to grant paid time off, or pay for the costs of any training: the employer may grant unpaid time for training, or arrange for the employee to make up the time

(iv) requests may refused on business grounds

(v) applicants must receive a written response within 28 days of receipt of the application (or if a meeting is held, within 14 days of the date of the meeting

(vi) if an application is rejected employees have 14 days in which to appeal.