Practical, independent and impartial advice to help UK employers, employees and their representatives, enabling people to work together more effectively and avoid disputes and other forms of conflict in the workplace.
Services offered include:
- a telephone helpline offering free and confidential advice;
- a national programme of training and events;
- impartial help with trade union recognition issues;
- good practice seminars and workshops;
- online guidance and advice;
- online employment relations query tool;
- help with resolving workplace disputes; and
- specialist support and business solutions.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) is largely funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); however, it is a non-departmental body, governed by an independent Council. This allows Acas to be independent, impartial and confidential. Founded in 1975, Acas works with people in organisations of every size and type.
Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It helps with employment relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
UK employers or an employees can get free advice from Acas. Employers might also be interested in Acas'r more specialised services, including training, workplace projects, conciliation and mediation.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.