Use our guide below to help you in obtaining funding from your organisation for your IMI Programme.

What to Consider

Your personal development

Use your regular reviews or catch ups with your manager to start the conversation around your professional development. You should ensure that this is kept top of mind with your manager, so that when you’re ready to apply for your programme, it doesn’t come as a surprise.

Know the policies

Many organisations have policies in place around funding professional development. You might get a certain allocation per year, or you might need to motivate why your employer should invest in your. You can approach your HR team to find out whether your organisation usually offers funding for employee learning. If so, convincing them to fund yours will be easier.

Know the programme

Research more than one programme, and make sure that the one you pitch is the right option for you. You should be able to present your manager with an outline of the programme, as well as the cost and the time commitment, especially if you’ll need time off work to attend in-person sessions.

Think about the ROI

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate exactly what you want to learn, and why this programme is the most suitable, compared to other options. Select specific processes which you could improve, or strategic goals which your learning will enable you to achieve, and show how this will benefit the company.

Investment for the future

Discuss with your manager the types of knowledge and skills you are hoping to attain through your chosen IMI programme. No doubt these skills will be transferable in the future, and you’ll be helping to equip future generations of leaders for the best performance.

Different types of learning

If your organisation is unable to fund or part-fund a major programme like a Professional Diploma, discuss what funding they can provide and investigate short programmes or micro-credentials which require a smaller investment. 

Corporate membership

Your organisation might be interested in IMI Corporate Membership. As a member, the organisation will receive discounts on programmes, as well as access to IMI facilities, and exclusive events like webinars and in-person Masterclasses. Our Membership team is always available for a call to discuss membership benefits and options.

Team of advisors

Let your manager or HR department know that our Programme Advisors are available to guide you or your employer through any information they need to know about the programme, or the IMI experience. You can contact the team via phone on 1800 22 33 88 or email


If you’re ready to find the right programme for you, you can explore the range of Professional Diplomas, Short Programmes, and Micro-Credentials from IMI.