How You and Your Employer Can Mutually Benefit From Language Training
by Teva Serna
Ever felt that you could close a deal with your Chinese counter-part if you knew a little Chinese? Or that you could develop a portfolio of German clients if your German was stronger? Learning foreign languages can benefit both your career and your business in many ways. If developing your Chinese or German language skills will help you finally close that highly valuable deal in China or contact those keen German clients, asking your employer if you can get funding for your language course is a good idea. Here are the key 3 points to consider when making your request:
1. Highlight the Return on Investment (ROI)
Show how improving your language skills will benefit the bottom line. By demonstrating that your training will result in increased productivity (this could be increased profits, cost savings, time savings, improved communications, etc.) your employer will see that you have thought about your request from a business perspective, and that you have taken into account the company’s interests. Figures on how much business you will be able to generate, or how much time you will be able to save, thanks to your improved language skills, will give your employer a substantial reason to fund your training.
2. List the benefits for your employer
Developing your foreign language skills will not only improve your career prospects, it can also benefit your employer by:
✅ Increasing your confidence and becoming a better qualified staff member who can add value to the business
✅ Enhancing your transferable skills such as team work, time management and communication when dealing with foreign partners
✅ Helping building relations with overseas staff and partners
✅ Increasing employee loyalty and staff retention levels by investing in professional training
✅ Reducing costs as it is cheaper to develop existing employees’ skills than hiring new staff members
3. When should you ask?
Your HR department will usually be able to tell you whether there is already a training scheme in place. Ideally, ask for training funding during your appraisal when your professional development plan should be discussed. Many companies are committed to helping their employees’ progress and will be open to discussing your training options when reviewing your performance.
Obtaining funding is a process that may take time, especially when the request needs to be approved by different stake holders. If your request is rejected, inquire about the reasons and whether you can reapply in the future.
Get started with Cactus
At Cactus Language Training, we provide our company funded clients with dedicated linguistic support. From assessing your needs and organising the right tuition programme for you, to adjusting the lessons to your requirements and evaluating your progress regularly, we monitor the return on investment of your training.
To receive more information about how Cactus Language Training can increase your profits, or to get a quote, simply call us or contact us with any questions you may have. Cactus also offers a free no obligation language consultation for corporations and individuals.
Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:
Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French