Continued training in a particular field is an important aspect of career development and professional growth. Attending workshops adds value to a person’s resume and makes them more qualified to advance in their job. It is not a weakness to request more training from an employer it’s a sign of strength to work for self-improvement. Before requesting time off from work to attend a workshop, the employee should research programs in their field and select a particular program for which they will as permission to attend.
If an employee learns about a workshop, they should make sure it is relevant to their profession and beneficial for the organization or company for which they work before they send a workshop request letter to their boss. The letter should present the request in the best possible light to maximize the likelihood the boss will give his or her approval.
The first paragraph of the letter should state the reason for the letter and describe the workshop. It should mention the subject of the program, where it is offered and the dates. If the course directly relates to the employee's work, it should be mentioned that participating in the program will benefit their work for the company.
The letter should also explain how the workshop will help the employee. However, the workshop request letter should focus on the benefit to the company and not only to the personal benefit of the employee. For example, if the employee is a cook in a catering business, they can say that the workshop is about making wedding cakes, and, since the catering business has many requests for wedding cakes, it would benefit the business if there were another professional wedding cake baker.
Another example is a workshop about learning more about IT. The employee could state that once they learn more about the new technology recently installed in the business, they can train other employees.
If there are any fees connected with the workshop or travel and hotel expenses these should be mentioned. The employee may want to request that the company pay for the program, or he or she may be willing to pay for it. The letter should make a direct request to attend the program. If the program will take the employee away from their job for any length of time, the letter should clearly explain how the work will be done while the employee is away.
It’s also a good idea to mention that the employee is willing to discuss the program in detail with his or her boss at a convenient time. Since most workshops have a registration cut-off date, it’s wise to mention the date in the letter. This will inform the employer that he or she needs to respond within a certain time-frame. If the employee doesn’t get a response within the required time, he or she should phone or ask for a personal meeting to request permission to attend the session.
Here is a sample workshop request letter. The letter should be in business style to show professionalism. It is recommended to send it by certified mail to have proof that it was received. It’s important that the letter be sent several weeks before the cut-off date for registering for the workshop because the employer may need time to consider the request. The sender should keep a copy of the letter.
Sample Workshop Request Letter
Name of Employee
Address of Employee
City, State, Zip Code
Name of Official
Position of Official
City, State, Zip Code
RE: Opportunity for Training
Dear Name of Employer:
This letter is a formal request for you to consider allowing me to take three working days from DATE to DATE in order to attend a workshop for Project Management. The workshop is being offered by the Name of University and is open to all business management graduates who are just beginning their careers. The cost of the seminar is $50, which I am willing to pay.
My supervisor, Name of Supervisor, recommended that I consider the workshop because he believes I am ready to lead some of the projects on waste management. I have participated in three major waste management projects in the two years I have worked for Name of Company.
I have assisted my supervisor manage the projects, but feel that formal instruction will help me a lot. During my three day absence from work, my colleague Name of Colleague will oversee my work. Thank you for considering my request. I would be happy to discuss the details of the seminar with you at any time. I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address. The last date for registration for the seminar is DATE.
Signature of Employee
Printed Name of Employee
By Andre Bradley