[(1) An employee who—
(a) is aged 16 or 17,
(b) is not receiving full-time secondary or further education, and
(c) has not attained such standard of achievement as is prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State,
is entitled to be permitted by his employer to take time off during the employee's working hours in order to undertake study or training leading to a relevant qualification.
(2) In this section—
(a) “secondary education”—
(i) in relation to England and Wales, has the same meaning as in the Education Act 1996, and
(ii) in relation to Scotland, has the same meaning as in section 135(2)(b) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980;
(b) “further education”—
(i) in relation to England and Wales, [has the same meaning as in the Education Act 1996,] and
(ii) in rela
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