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Q: I’M worried about telling my boss that I am struggling and think that I could benefit from additional training. Should I say something and, if so, how? I really want to make a good impression so I can progress within the company.

A: RECOGNISING the need for effective, ongoing training demonstrates commitment to professionalism.

But to be effective, and to win support and necessary financing, the development programme should be relevant to both your needs and the strategic needs of your organisation.

How you communicate a request for training may make a difference as to whether it is supported. Presenting a case for the importance of how this course will help you achieve your objectives and goals will maximise your chances of achieving the training you desire.

We have learned from our own research that employees are now taking increasing responsibility for management training and development.

There is also a marked correlation between what makes a good manager and job-related qualifications, with almost 23% of line managers reported to have initiated their own training and development in relation to a job or career change. Far from making a bad impression, presenting a training need with a strong business case that furthers the aims of the company will show you taking responsibility on many levels.

Director, marketing and corporate affairs, Chartered Management Institute

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