A: Yes. Furloughed employees can engage in training, 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.
Where training is undertaken by furloughed employees, at the request of their employer, they are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage for this time. Where the time spent training attracts a minimum wage entitlement in excess of the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages and can not claim that ‘top up’ as part of the furlough claim grant.
Nigel Morris, Tax Director, MHA
A: Yes. Furloughed employees can undertake training whilst being furloughed and this is a perfect opportunity to build on any training programmes that may have not had the attention they need previously. As these employees are still receiving their salaries (up to 80% government-funded and potentially topped up a further 20% by their employer) training is still acceptable under the furlough scheme and is arguably more focussed to undertake training with employees being at home and not having a myriad of other tasks to complete.
Kevin Curtis, Managing Director, Driving Monitor
A: Yes, and we would also recommend live online classroom training and telephone coaching.
Dr Lisa Dorn, Research Director, Driver Metrics and
Associate Professor of Driver Behaviour, Cranfield University