By Cathy Rhodes

So, you have found a training programme that excites you – you can see the possibilities for your career and how to apply the learning to your current job. You just need to convince your boss to agree – and foot the bill. An easy job for some who work in environments where personal development is a given; for others, this might need a bit of work.

Here are some areas to consider to present a compelling case.

Are there company guidelines?

Does your company have documented guidelines for training? A formal process to follow when requesting training? If so, follow these closely – the more you work within the existing framework, the higher your chance of success.

Consider a joint case

Where appropriate, consider partnering with other colleagues who would also benefit from the training. A joint case can be compelling, as it demonstrates leadership and collaboration. The support of colleagues can make the whole approach less daunting and give you the confidence to strongly articulate your case. And we offer substantial savings for multiple bookings, which can strengthen your case by demonstrating that you are considering the needs of your employer.

Understand the decision maker

Whether this is your boss, HR manager or other individual, understanding the person you need to convince will greatly help your case. How do they prefer to communicate? Would a formal, written proposal float their boat, or would they be more likely to respond to an informal chat on the subject?

Think about what is important to this individual – what are they tasked to achieve? If you can position your request as something that will help them to further their ends, they are more likely to be receptive to it. For example, if one of their key objectives is to forge closer links across departments, a training programme that enhances your communication and collaboration capabilities will greatly support them in this endeavour.

The case for investing in you

Remind them that you are an asset to the organisation. Highlight your key achievements, point out how you have successfully applied new learning to enhance your performance, make clear your appetite to progress. A good leader should welcome such an attitude and be positively disposed to supporting your progress.

Your training proposal

Make your case for the training you propose. Provide details of the training provider, programme, costs and timings. Highlight the new skills and knowledge you will learn and how you will apply this back in work. Explain how this will enhance your performance and impact on the success of the organisation.

Ask for help

If you need any guidance or support, or think it would be of benefit for us to speak directly to your employer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call Cathy on 07947 465 190 or email