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

When adults can take part in further education and gain extra qualifications, it allows them to progress in their roles. Some adults may feel that they could bring more to their role with the right 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.


What’s the best way to approach your company when you want to ask them for further funding? There are certain things to remember when approaching an employer and asking them for training.

Make sure you choose the right course

Always do your research into different courses 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.

Bear in mind that university isn’t your only option when it comes to gaining higher qualifications. 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

Prove to your employer that your course can be flexible around 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 assessment process for many courses involves on the job testing. 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 and request a detailed list of modules and methods of assessment for the course you’d like to apply for.

Shout about the benefits you can bring

By furthering your training and education, you can bring a range of benefits to the business.

You could be filling a knowledge gap in the company, for example. 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.

The happiness of employees is valued by many employers. 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.

Provide your employer with plenty of information

When asking your employer to fund your training, try to give them as much information as possible. This allows them to fully review all the information at a later date and saves them from doing in-depth research themselves.

Bring things such as; 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 signing up for an education course, you are committing a lot of your own personal time too. Make sure your employer knows the sacrifices you are willing to make to improve your performance at work.

Follow our tips when asking 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 members of the Newcastle College adult learning department.

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