The Time to Train regulations were introduced by the Labour government and took effect for businesses employing 250 or more people in April 2010. They were due to be extended to all employers as from April 2011 but this has now been indefinately postponed to enable a full review is undertaken.

The regulations require businesses to go through a formal process when an employee asks for training – which may have no relevance to the employer’s business – including reporting back in writing and addressing an appeal if the request is turned down.

Shortly after taking over government in May last year the coalition government undertook to review a number of measures including Time to Train. Following consultation with business and employee groups, the Government has now postponed implementation to allow further discussions to take place.

Announcing the delay John Hayes (pictured above) who is the Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said “We have postponed implementation to allow further, thorough discussion, scrutiny and evaluation.”

My own view – see here – has always been that Time to Train is an outstandingly bad policy, defective from conception to implementation. It will cause considerable damage and the only way of addressing this problem is to repeal the legislation completely.

Postponement is a start, but the strength of this Governments commitment to cut red tape for business will be tested on its final decision regarding the future of Time to Train.

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One Response to “Time to Train Law Postponed for Small Firms”

  1. Jean says:

    Nice set of articles. That MP looks a bit dodgy though. Can’t he smile properly?

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