I've just been asked to begin a course towards understanding GDPR a little better.

It's fairly indepth, and required for my role (apparently).

I've been asked to sign a document with this clause :-

you are fully committed to studying and completing the course outside of your normal working hours.

There is no mention of remediation or time in lieu for the time worked.

The course has no direct 'personal' benefit which I'd put on my CV etc.

Is this normal? am I right in feeling concerned at this clause?

This question does share themes from How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates? but I don't feel the answer given directly answers my question.

As an update, I questioned this clause with the operations director, who has stated that in this case, the clause is not needed.

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    Were you given any advance warning about this course or possible future training? Maybe it came up in your contract, interview or was informed about it a long time ago.
    – user34587
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 11:24
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    Legal questions are expressly off-topic here. My personal opinion is that if it's required for my job, I'll be doing it in the office and on company time. Anything else is working unpaid overtime.
    – alroc
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 11:24
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    some training has been discussed, but these requirements have never been tabled. I'm on another course, where I'm off site for a day... I've not been required to sign a form for this one...
    – Stese
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 11:25
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    hardly normal
    – gnat
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 11:26
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    Possible duplicate of How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates?
    – Cronax
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 12:00

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From the comments on the question, and other questions linked it does not seem to be a normal thing to do, to require a employee to dedicate personal time to a business-required training course.

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