Drivers have the right to request training
By: Laura Nineham
01 December 2010
Any employee working for an organisation with over 250 members of staff has had the statutory right to request time off for study and training.
In April 2011 this right will be extended to cover staff working for smaller businesses, and as a result Roadtransport.com has reminded drivers they will be able to request time off to complete driver training.
This is on top of the driver CPC that means every driver must complete 35 hours of training every five years.
However, employers aren't obliged to grant all requests for time off. They must consider each request and deal with them properly, but they don't need to say yes.
There are some restrictions that apply. The employee must be over 18 years of age, have at least 26 weeks continuous service and not be employed by an agency. Furthermore, an employee can only make one request per 12-month period, but they can request more than one course of training at that time.
Any request should be made in writing, and include information on the subject of the training, when and where it would take place, and how the employee believes it would benefit their performance and benefit the business.
Should a request be refused, the employee then has 14 days to appeal the decision.
The key thing for those in driving jobs to remember is that if they make a request for time off for training, they should not suffer any detriment for making the application.
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