I'm a junior developer and I really want to learn the technologies I use in the company I work for (mainly web development). However, they don't offer any training courses because most, if not all, of my peers are senior developers. The only resource they provide is a library of books, but most of the material is advanced and of reference.
Now, I was thinking about asking them to buy me a subscription to Pluralsight (online videos). I had a trial subscription and I loved it, I learned a lot. It costs about 300 dollars a year, which is about a quarter of my monthly salary. I have absolutely no idea how much it could cost for more people.
I'm really not sure whether I'm supposed to pay this myself or ask the company to do it. Technically I can afford it but since this would greatly benefit the work I do shouldn't they support it in a way?
Also, the company needs certain amount of people to be certified in some technologies to be able to improve its status. Taking these classes would enable me to sit for these exams and get certified too. Granted, this would also improve the looks of my CV when it comes to look for a new job, so it isn't just a benefit for them.
What should I do?
EDIT: the only big downside I see in them paying for this is that I assume that they will want to make sure that I'm actually learning. I really don't want the pressure... I prefer to learn for fun and at my own pace.