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Free guide gives tips on securing funding for a vocational qualification

A free guide, designed to help individuals gain sponsorship from their organisation for a vocational qualification, has been launched by Roffey Park.

Roffey Park produced the guide to help potential participants secure organisational funding for its MSc in People and Organisational Development. However, Roffey Park says the guidelines given are widely applicable to anyone who is seeking financial support, particularly those considering a masters programme such as an MBA, MSc or MA.

"Qualification programmes can involve a significant financial investment and if you want your organisation to help with these costs, you must be very clear on the benefits they will gain in return," said Diane Moody, Programme Director of Roffey Park's MSc. "A well-prepared business case can help to allay your employer's concerns and create a basis for negotiation."

Called Making a Business Case for Employer Support, the new guide recommends that individuals should:

  • Highlight the relevance of the qualification's subject matter
  • Explain what the organisation can expect from an individual who graduates with this qualification
  • Highlight how the enhanced knowledge, skills and behaviour will add value in the workplace
  • Outline why this is the right time to study this qualification from this provider
  • Outline the programme structure and time requirements
  • Highlight the networking opportunities to be gained (give a selection of the job titles and organisations of past participants on the programme)
  • Be very specific about the fees and any additional costs involved and indicate whether bursaries are available

"It's always worth asking the programme provider for their advice on how to position the benefits of the qualification," said Moody. "Knowing you have a good business case will significantly improve your confidence when you meet with your employer to discuss the possibility of sponsorship."

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'Making a Business Case for Employer Support' can be downloaded free from Roffey Park's website at:

For further information about Roffey Park's MSc, visit:

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