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Employment law: In-house training

It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees are adequately trained to do their jobs, ensuring they’re competent in terms of knowledge and skill.

First4lawyers can provide legal advice on the in-house training employers need to deliver to staff in order to comply with the law, and you can contact us to discuss the needs of your business.

If you are an employee and you’re not sure whether your employer has provided adequate in-house training, we can help you work out whether you can take action.

What is in-house training?

Most jobs involve the use of equipment, and in-house training is required in almost every workplace to make sure employees are competent and safe when carrying out their duties.

Where the use of specialised equipment is part of a job, employers may need to arrange for formal training from an external source, but there is usually a certain amount of training that can – and should – take place in house.

The law dictates around training to employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and there are other requirements stipulated by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

To be competent, employees should be safe to do their jobs and possess the relevant skills. In some cases the in-house training that an employer delivers might address an employee’s physical and mental aptitude for a job, or assess their suitability for a task on medical grounds.

I am an employer and I need to deliver in-house training – what should I do?

As an employer, the amount of training you need to deliver in-house will depend on the nature of the work your company carries out. The standards required of your employees are to be set by you, but you should ensure that the training you deliver takes reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of your staff.

Some minimum employer training obligations are laid out in the PUWER Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, such as the minimum training required for drivers and chainsaw operators.

Any in-house training that you deliver must take place during working hours and no cost for the training should be borne by your employees. If you want to deliver in-house training outside of your company’s normal working hours, you should make sure your staff members are paid for the extra time they commit.

It is important that you take steps to ensure the individuals delivering the training are competent enough to do so, and if you are training young people then it may be necessary to adjust the training you deliver to cater for their lack of experience and maturity.

The trade associations most relevant to your company will be able to advise on the necessary standards of training you should deliver, but if you are unsure about whether your in-house training meets legal requirements, you can speak to First4lawyers.

Our employment law specialist solicitors can assess your in-house training plan and advise on any steps you should take to protect yourself against potential claims made against you by employees.

I am an employer and I have not received in-house training – what should I do?

If your employer has not delivered adequate training, and you have suffered an accident at work or sustained an injury as a result of your job, you might be able to make a claim against them.

It is vital that you take advice from legal experts before making any allegations against your employer. First4lawyers has a long history dealing with personal injury claims, and should be your first point of contact.

Get in touch with First4lawyers

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your particular circumstances. We can advise you on your in-house training, or, conversely, whether your employer has acted within the law and help you with the next steps if there is a case to be made.

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