How to convince your employer to pay for your short course

What do you do when you’ve identified a short course that will expand your personal and professional skills, but you don’t have the money to fund it? If you’re working at a company, then this is how you can convince your employer to pay for your studies.

1. Show how the short course will benefit the company

Even if you’re eyeing a short course for your own personal development, you can show your employer how the new skills you learn will benefit the company. They may be technical skills that will help you do your job more effectively, or additional skills that will make you a more valuable and adaptable employee.

Most employers recognise that continuing education – resulting in updated or flexible skills – is vital to ensuring competitiveness in today’s fast-paced world of work.

Technical skills aren’t the only ones that can be seen as valuable. The increasing importance of soft skills in the workplace means that short courses focusing on subjects like teamwork, creativity, communication and working under pressure can also be of great value to both you and the company you work for.

2. Make a strong case for yourself

In order to convince your employer to fund your studies, you need to do your research thoroughly and put together a presentation that strongly supports your case.

Start by picking a reputable college you want to study through, and select a course that you believe will benefit yourself and the company.

Write up a list of the ways that the course will benefit the company. These could include:

  • Your productivity will increase to the benefit of the company’s profits.
  • You will be adding new skills and capabilities, which will keep the company competitive.
  • You will have a broader skill set, enabling you to take on new assignments.
  • You will be able to take on a leadership role and teach other employees your new skills.
  • Refer to studies such as this one, which support the idea that employer-funded education can be a profitable exercise for companies.
  • Think about the concerns your employer may have, such as:
  • Time spent away from work. (You can assure your boss that you will take online or night classes during your free time).
  • Expense to the company. (You could point out that by learning new skills, you prevent the need to hire extra staff at a greater expense than the course you want to study).
  • When you approach your employer to present your case, make sure that you give all the detail you can about how the company will benefit. Remember to pay attention to non-verbal communication, such as your facial expressions, your body language, your tone and pitch of voice, and eye contact.

Why should you study short courses?

Besides looking great on your CV, short courses are a perfect way to keep your skills relevant in a world where skill sets are becoming obsolete faster than ever before. Short courses (especially distance learning and online courses where you don’t have to attend classes) can easily be completed part-time, allowing you to balance your work life with your studies.

Whether directly linked to your career, or associated with improving your interpersonal skills, short courses have huge potential to assist with your continuing development and to boost your value as a productive employee.

Contact Oxbridge Academy to explore your short course options:
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