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Submit a great proposal for corporate sponsorship

To gain the support of your employer to sponsor your MBA studies, it is important to build a strong business case that demonstrates how the programme can help you and your organisation. Essentially, your case needs to persuade your employer that funding your education would be a good investment for the business.

Building your business case

If you are seeking sponsorship from your employer for one of our MBA programmes, then you will find our Business Case useful. This document outlines the information you should include in your proposal to give you the best chance of achieving employer sponsorship.

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Our Recruitment team can advise you further about preparing a business case for sponsorship; please request a profile review for more information.

Clarify your career goals

Firstly, you need to explain what your career goals are and match them to the needs and objectives of the business.

You can do this by linking specific learnings from the MBA programme with the issues that need addressing in your organisation. For example, the international opportunities will expose you to important economies in the world, allowing you to gain a strategic perspective on the challenges and opportunities presented by international markets. This knowledge could benefit your employer if they are looking to expand internationally in the future.

Identify your company policy

Before preparing your case, find out from your HR department if your employer has training opportunities or a formal sponsorship policy in place. The process should be more straightforward if there is a precedent.

You should establish who needs to receive your business case (HR, your line manager or senior management) to tailor it appropriately.

Speak to colleagues who have been sponsored

Investigate if any other employees in your organisation have been funded before. If so, you should include information on how previous sponsors have benefitted from the programme and how the business has benefited from that sponsorship.

Decide on the kind of sponsorship you want from your employer

Decide what level of commitment you want to ask from your employer, and the level of commitment you’d be prepared to give in return.

Students usually receive financial assistance from their organisations by means of full or part-sponsorship. However support doesn’t have to be financial. Other forms of support you could ask for are flexible working or study leave (often known as “time sponsorship”).

Invite your employer to find out more about the programme

A great way to gain the support of your employer is to invite them to attend one of our information sessions. Together you can find out more about the programme and hear how current students and their employers are benefiting from the programme.

Create a successful workforce of inspiring leaders with a world-class MBA

In a global organisation, the opportunities for internal career growth and organisational success are endless when staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to further their careers and, in turn, the organisation as a whole.

An effective global workforce is one that can work together to share knowledge, skills and ideas to achieve organisational goals – and Imperial College Business School facilitates an environment in which professionals around the world can do just that through its MBA programmes.

Why sponsor an employee to enrol on Imperial’s Weekend MBA?

Immediately apply expert knowledge to the workplace

They’ll immediately be able to apply the expert knowledge and skills gained through the programme to your workplace as they continue their careers whilst studying.

Connect to a community of high-calibre professionals

They’ll be connected to a community of high-calibre professionals from reputable global organisations like yours, gaining exposure to international business practices, perspectives and networks that will help them further succeed in their roles.

Study around a busy schedule

They’ll be able to gain a world-class MBA from a leading, triple-accredited institution while maintaining their current work commitments thanks to a programme that allows professionals to study around their busy schedule

Gain knowledge and skills to recruit internally

They’ll be armed with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to fill senior roles internally, allowing your organisation to retain and nurture internal knowledge and talent and eliminating the time and costs associated with sourcing staff externally

Tailor the MBA experience to suit your organisation

Thanks to the range of electives on offer, your sponsored employee’s MBA studies can be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation. The final project element of the programme will allow your sponsored employee to tackle a specific problem or address a business opportunity for your organisation, providing research and consultancy which could have a crucial impact on the success of your business.

How to sponsor an employee

If you’d like to further your employees’ skills and career opportunities within your organisation by sponsoring them to enrol in our Executive MBA programme, please email emba@imperial.co.uk.

Having an employer that you can make a good agreement with is extremely important if you’re looking for sponsorship. My employer was open to the idea of sponsorship but I also needed to convince them. Look at it like a business proposal – what’s in it for you and what’s in it for them
Sam Ellis
Executive MBA 2017-18
Sam Ellis