Published On: Wed, Sep 19th, 2018

What’s the best way to ask your employer for education funding?

Many workers think that they would be able to bring more to their role with better knowledge and training. 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.

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If you think that you could benefit from further education, what should you do?There are certain things to remember when approaching an employer and asking them for training. Members of the Newcastle College adult learning department give us their advice:

Carry out research

Before approaching your employer, make sure that you’ve done enough research into the area you want to learn more in. 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 the only option for further education 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.

Explain how the training can be flexible

To encourage your employer to fund your training, explain that you can learn without hindering your current work performance. 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!

For many courses, you’ll find that you’re 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.

Speak to your local college to get a detailed list of modules and assessment methods so you can pass this information onto your boss.

What benefits could you bring to the business?

Developing your training could bring a range of benefits for you and the business.

What you want to learn may be filling a knowledge gap in the company. This is knowledge you can share with your colleagues. It’s also possible that after your 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 important to many employers that their workers are happy in their jobs. Let your employer know what this training would mean for you. Will it make you feel more confident in your role? Or, more valued and empowered? If so, express these feelings to your boss.

Give them as much information as possible

Following your research, make sure that you give your employer as much information as possible upfront. This allows them to fully review all the information at a later date and saves them from doing in-depth research themselves.

This information might include: module overviews, assessment methods, course testimonials and information about websites or open days so that they can find out more if they want to.

You might have to commit some of your personal time to finish an education course. This is especially true if your employer isn’t able to give you time away from the workplace. Make sure your employer knows the sacrifices you are willing to make to improve your performance at work.

It’s clear to see that there are ways to approach your employer and ask them for funding. Don’t be afraid to ask the question — you and your employer can both enjoy the many benefits.