5 Steps: How to Ask for Employer-Sponsored IT Training
By the end of 2028, employment in all computer occupations will increase by 12%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The increasing demand for skilled IT employees isn’t predicted to slow down anytime soon, especially with the technologies the new decade will bring. ONLC Training Centers is rising to the occasion to not only help put more IT professionals into the job force but to also increase job security for those currently employed by equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the growing digital world with employer-sponsored IT training.
What is Employer-Sponsored Training?
Employer-sponsored training is precisely what it sounds like. It’s when your employer covers the cost of professional training to better prepare and expand the knowledge of their employees. In some instances, this training is required while other times extra training is voluntary. No matter what point you’re at in your career, there are a lot of great reasons to acquire additional professional training. Whether you’re looking to brush up on the basics or take the next step towards expertise, professional training is your answer.
Whatever your goals, there’s a case to be made for having employers send their employees to professional training programs. Not only is it beneficial for the employee, but there is a significant ROI for the employer as well.
Benefits may include but are not limited to:
- Increased productivity
- Development of new skill sets
- Ability to adjust to change
- Competitive edge in the marketplace
- A boost in employee morale and satisfaction
- Increased profitability
Additionally, paid training may also reduce instances of process inefficiency, workplace incidents, as well as employee turnover and high recruitment costs. There are more than enough reasons to get behind employer-sponsored training, but how do you go about asking your employer to foot the cost for training?
Asking for Employer Sponsorship
Earning the green-light to enroll in IT training on the company’s dime requires a thoughtful, delicate approach. Whether you just haven’t found the right way to ask your employer yet or your previous requests for sponsorship have been denied, ONLC has a tried-and-true five-step approach that can convince even the toughest managers to hear your point of view.
In the coming months, our new blog series will take those considering IT training through each step in the process of asking your employer to sponsor IT training. Each month, the series will guide readers through:
- How to research the best IT courses for their specific career
- Building a case to leverage the value of IT training
- Creating a formal request for employee sponsorship
- Demonstrating the value proposition for your team
- Finding the best way to share the knowledge gained, such as company training, presentations, and other activities
In the infographic below, we outline each of the five steps that have helped countless professionals secure employer-sponsored IT training through ONLC.
Start the new year off by advancing your career and the company you work for by looking into our training courses and IT certifications. With over 300 classroom locations and the ability to take classes remotely, nothing is holding you back from taking your career to new heights. Contact ONLC today to start the conversation.