17 Feb 2011
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that the Time to Train regulations will not be extended this April to employees of SME businesses. In April 2010, the right for employees to request time for training to improve their skills was introduced for employees within organisations employing 250 people or more. It was largely anticipated that this right would be extended to those employing 50 people or more from April this year. However, after consulting with businesses and employee groups, ministers are delaying implementation to enable further thought, discussion scrutiny and evaluation to achieve the right balance of employees having access to training and the burden on small businesses. This is potentially good news for smaller employers. However in a recent YouGov survey for Croner 31% of GB workers said that staff development opportunities makes a job more attractive to them. So those employers wanting to attract and retain key staff should not overlook the benefit of training.
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