Some jobs and functions in industry require training and, in some cases, the attainment of a qualification – for example, in the construction and care sectors, or functions such as health and safety at work. In these situations, employers are legally obliged to provide employees with training leading to recognised qualifications.
Other jobs do not require specific training but, in order to ensure the employee is capable and effective, the good employer will ensure there are arrangements for continuing training, particularly where new technology impacts on the job.
It would be usual for employers to arrange specific training for employees who are promoted into supervisory or management positions.
If you are an employee aged over 18, and working in an organisation with 250 employees or more, you have a statutory right to request time off for study or training. Employees aged 16-18 have a separate right to time off for study or training.
In workplaces where unions are recognised, there is likely to be a Union Learning Representative (ULR) you can talk to about your training requirements. The TUC learning and skills arm Unionlearn has trained thousands of members in all sorts of areas, including literacy and numeracy. For more information, visit the Unionlearn website.