Can furloughed employees still undertake training?

Many companies in the UK have taken the decision to put their employees on temporary leave of absence (furlough) in order to curtail the financial impact of COVID-19. However, businesses now face a new challenge to keep their furloughed employees engaged and will also need to consider how best to prepare the business following this pandemic.

One way Elmhurst is helping energy and housing professionals remain engaged is through online training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. These courses have been designed to refresh the skills and knowledge of industry professionals, and also unlock opportunities for new areas of work in the future. Yet, the question remains, can  furloughed employees still undertake training? 

The Government has been very clear that whilst furloughed employees are not allowed to work or provide services for organisations, they can still undertake training. The guidance document released by government provides the following statement: 

If your employee undertakes training

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. Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.

Elmhurst's Training Manager, Mitesh Nathwani, comments: "It is good to see that the government is supporting online training for furloughed employees during this difficult time. Training will certainly ensure that employees remain engaged with the business, and will also give them an opportunity to make constructive use of their time. We continue to develop our online training solution in order to provide more online cpd and qualification courses for our members".

If you would like to talk to Elmhurst about making some or all of these online training solutions available to your teams then please contact 

Read full guidance from government here.

Article published: 06/04/20

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