How to get work to pay for training: Top 10 tips | MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership

Andy Foxon - MSc SCL StudentMSc Strategy, Change and Leadership is a part-time Executive master’s for professionals who want to build on their management experience and progress their leadership career.

Tuition fees can be funded by the organisation you work for, or through a combination of individual and organisation funding.

Andy Foxon (Freelance Consultant, Operations Management), student on the programme, shares his top 10 tips for getting funding from your workplace.


Asking an employer to fund tuition and time off can be tricky. The employer is likely to expect a return on their investment. It’s important to consider this and express what going “back to school” whilst working means to you. Likewise, explaining your anticipated finance and personal sacrifice.

  1. Carry out research.
  2. Form a business case.
  3. Suggest the possible benefits. For example: company success, transformation, enhancement, knowledge, and skills.
  4. Propose a reimbursement contract and submit the set period. Be aware, any withdraw prior to the period conclusion activates the reimbursement, pro rata. Be prepared to negotiate the contract.
  5. Advise the company that an employee’s work-related education is a deductible business expense.
  6. Issue the timetable (22 days in total, only 16 days away from work). This can add weight to your case (visibility of you working six Saturdays in your own time).
  7. Indicate that you will take the time off as annual holiday, if required.
  8. If you’re able to, you could offer to pay part of the tuition fee to show commitment.
  9. Review your organisation’s strategy to help you make the case for how your training will align with it.
  10. Speak to the decision maker or head of HR.

Andy Foxon, MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership student.

There is also further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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