What’s The Best Way To Approach Your Employer For Education Funding?

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Having access to further education and training can help adults do their job better. However, it’s possible that many people think that they can’t speak to their employer and ask them for education funding. Perhaps they believe that this is an inappropriate question to ask, or they don’t think that their employer would agree. In reality, employees that have been invested in by their place of work often have a higher well-being and are more productive — bringing more to their company. 

Is there an advised approach when asking your employer to fund your further job training? There are certain things to remember when approaching an employer and asking them for training. 

Learning About The Training Options 

Spend time gathering research on the specific education area that you’re looking to go into before approaching your employer. With many training and education providers, you’ll find that there are a range of courses and options available. From night courses to part-time degrees, to higher apprenticeships, you can find a course that will fit nicely around your work / life balance

University isn’t your only option either. Speak to your local college and visit their website to see what they have to offer — it’s likely that they run a course related to your field or around a topic that you’re interested in. 

Training Can Be Flexible 

Understandably, your boss is more likely to support extra training if they think it can be done without hindering your current productivity at work. Again, this is all about doing your research and demonstrating to your boss that there are flexible courses out there – designed for workers like you! 

The advantages of further educational training for many adults is that they can be assessed on the job. This means that you wouldn’t be sacrificing any working hours for exams and your ability to complete tasks at work shouldn’t be affected. 

Get in touch with your local college to request a detailed list of modules and methods of assessment for the course you’d like to apply for. 

What Are The Benefits To You And The Business? 

Further education and training can bring a range of benefits to the student and to the employer. 

Have you considered that the area you want to develop could fill a knowledge gap in the company? This is knowledge you can share with your colleagues. It’s also possible that after your job training, you could be bringing in financial benefits for the business, for example if it means they don’t have to employ somebody else to fill a role or an external company to pick up that area of work. Think about what your new qualification could allow you to do and present this to your employer when asking the question. 

It’s a priority for many employers that their workforce is happy in their job. Let your employer know what this training would mean for you. Will it make you feel more confident in your role at the business? Or, more valued and empowered? If so, express these feelings to your boss. 

Provide Your Employer With The Information They Need 

It’s important to give your employer all the information they need to make a decision. This allows them to fully review all the information at a later date and saves them from doing in-depth research themselves. 

Consider providing them with: module overviews, assessment methods, course testimonials and information about websites or open days so that they can find out more if they want to. 

When you take on further education, it’s likely that you’ll have to commit some of your personal time to the course too. Make sure your employer knows the sacrifices you are willing to make to improve your performance at work. 

Take our advice on board when approaching your employer for funding. Don’t be afraid to ask the question — you and your employer can both enjoy the many benefits. 

This article was brought to you by Newcastle College.


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