How You and Your Employer Can Mutually Benefit From Language Training
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.
Are you looking to develop your language skills or of your team members? Are you looking to determine the number of hours needed to reach proficiency? Cactus Guide to International Success – Levels and Progress Made Simple gives you the information you need to ensure your language training objectives are met. Download our free Guide to International Success.
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