Right for time to train will benefit all

Employees, employers and the economy all stand to benefit from the new right to request time off work for training.

Tom Wilson, director of unionlean, said: “This new right could transform learning at work. Employers can, of course, say no but will need to show good reason. The similar right to request flexible working resulted in millions of employees making requests with over 90 per cent being agreed by employers. Knowing that they have the right to ask will encourage millions of employees, putting pressure on employers who don’t train to think again and helping all employees get a fair chance to improve their skills.”