Technical training is a great way to get a promotion, update your IT skills and become more valuable to your organization. However, technical training isn’t free and most IT professionals would rather not spend their own money. Thankfully, many organizations are willing to fund training and It really doesn’t matter if you have an established training budget or not. You simply need to demonstrate a solid return on investment. Here are a few tips to get your boss to pay for your technical training.
Prepare a Proposal in Business Format
Don’t just walk up to your boss and ask for training without providing a reason. The answer will likely be “no” or “I’ll think about it.” Take some time to put your request into a formal proposal in business format. There are many great examples and templates to choose from online. Be sure to make the proposal easy to read and use bullets to emphasize key points. Also, make sure it’s concise (something that fits on one page is ideal) and clearly state the purpose of the proposal in your subject line and first paragraph.
Why Should We Pay for Your Training?
The most important part of your proposal is the return on investment to your company. It’s critical that you clearly explain how training benefits the company, not just you. In fact, leave your personal ambitions out of the proposal and focus on how IT training will give you skills that benefit the company. For example, IT training may help you reduce the organization’s need to hire outsourced contractors. Another example may demonstrate how IT training will improve the efficiency of an upcoming project. Ultimately, a clear training proposal, backed-up with a strong ROI, will likely get your boss to approve your training request, even if your organization hasn’t earmarked training in the past.
Why Are We Going With This Training?
Not all training providers are the same. In fact, there are a plethora of choices and some of them are good while others aren’t. Likewise, a reputable IT training provider may simply lack the solution that works best within your organization. Therefore, describe how the training provider you selected will meet the demands of your organization. For example, maybe the IT training you selected contains multiple courses that will address both current and future projects. Another example could demonstrate how virtual labs will give you a safe and realistic environment to practice in. Ultimately, you want to show your boss why the training you selected will be the best fit for the organization.
Propose a Training Schedule
Your boss doesn’t want you neglecting your most essential duties. With this in mind, you’ll need to clearly demonstrate when and how the training will be completed. Boot camp style training has a preset schedule and requires a leave of absence. Therefore, your ability to attend will likely be circumstantial. On-demand or self-paced training, on the other hand, is usually sold as a year-long subscription and can be utilized anytime you have access to an internet connection. While this type of training is much more flexible, you should still outline where you’ll be training, when you’ll be training and when you’ll be finished. This may include taking the training home or carving out some time at the office. Regardless of what type of training you go with, have a start and finish date outlined in your proposal.
Provide Enough Time for Approval
Every organization has its own approval process. Sometimes approvals take months while other times it takes just a few hours. Regardless, become familiar with your approval process so that you allow enough time to register or take advantage of promotional opportunities. Additionally, you’ll want to list any deadlines in the proposal so everyone is aware. Imagine telling your boss that he or she could have saved thousands of dollars on training if you had only registered the previous week.
Summing It Up
Asking your boss for training is nothing to fear. Rather, your boss will likely see you as a motivated employee when it’s done correctly.
Training proposal checklist:
- Create the proposal in business format
- Clearly explain the ROI
- Describe how the training fits the organization’s challenges
- Provide a timeline and strategy for completion
- Allow enough time for approval
Remember, the answer will always be “no” if you never ask your boss for technical training. Use this simple strategy and get the training you need today. For a list of affordable, high-quality IT courses, check out KnowledgeNet. Or call (877) 797-2799.