Gather lots of research
To present a strong argument in favour of your training, you’ll need to be prepared to answer any questions your boss might have. To help you get started, here’s a list or areas your research should cover. (You won’t need to present all this to your boss, but it’s useful to cover all your bases should any questions come up).
The first thing you’ll need to be sure of is the exact course or programme you want to study. Take some time to look at the different options on offer and find the one that best matches what you need.
Choosing the right training course is so important as it will be much easier to convince your boss to part with the funds if it’s relevant to your role, will benefit the organisation, and is delivered by a trusted provider.
If your planned training will take up any of your working hours, you’ll need to consider if your boss will sign off on this. It’s likely they will prefer an option that has the least amount of disruption to your day-to-day role, so you might need to make assurances that your training will not detract from your job.
Take some time to look at what each training provider actually offers for the price they’re charging. Your boss will want to know that they’re paying for quality training which will support you to achieve your goals, so don’t feel like you have to present them only with the cheapest option.
If you’re particularly set on a certain course and provider, we’d recommend presenting it alongside another two other options - one that’s lower in price but has less included and one that offers roughly the same service but is higher in price.
This way your preferred choice will be presented in the best possible light, and you'll have a reasonable cheaper alternative if it turns out there's limited funding available.
What you’ll learn and how long it will take
Your boss will need to know what exactly what it is they’re paying for, so you should write up a short summary of the course syllabus. You should include the key topics that the course covers and if you’ll receive any formal qualifications or certifications on completion.
You’ll also need to know or have a good idea of how long the course will take to complete. This is especially important if you’ll require time out of your working hours for your studies.
A half day out for training here and there might not feel like a big deal to you, but your boss will have to look at how your absence will affect targets and the rest of the team.