Where line managers consider that the training is likely to improve the individual’s performance in their post, or improve the performance of the departments or section, departments may consider covering the costs of the training, including allowing the time required to undertake the course as paid time.

However under the “time off for training” scheme there is no automatic right to be paid for the time spent training, or for the costs of the training to be covered.

In some cases it may be more appropriate to grant unpaid leave or to agree that the time will be made up within an agreed period, and for the individual to fund their own training programme.