The simple answer is yes. Employer’s and their organisations, with the agreement of their employees may choose to attend training when on furlough. Furloughed staff on the new Job retention scheme starting the 1st of November 2020 may attend training. The quote below is direct from the related updated HMRC information page. We have provided a link to the full details at the foot of the page. We look forward to working with old and new clients in maintaining their compliance training in the coming months. We also look forward to supporting organisations and their staff during in-house training programmes.
If your employee does training
Furloughed employees can engage in training during hours which you record your employee as being on furlough, as long as in undertaking the training the employee does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation or a linked or associated organisation. Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.
Where training is undertaken by furloughed employees during hours which you record your employee as being on furlough, at the request of their employer, they are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage for this time. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of an employee’s regular wage, up to the value of £2,500, will provide sufficient monies to cover these training hours. However, where the time spent training attracts a minimum wage entitlement in excess of the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages (see National Minimum Wage Section for more details).
The above quote therefore supports an employer and their staff in allowing for training. We are able to support organisations and their employees in maintaining or even developing new skills. Such areas where we have helped employers, was providing first aid training and education and training courses.
This supports the employer and values their employees in future business development. Many of our courses can be completed wholly online or as blended where part of the course work is completed at your employees home and then who joins us for some classroom work.
Read the NEW Furlough Job Retention Scheme and HMRC Rules HERE