What things do I need to consider when taking an accredited course through work?
My employer is offering me the opportunity to take an accredited course that they will pay for. I would love to take this opportunity. I have found an ideal course(ie. a course that will improve my knowledge and benefit my career at the company) that is being taught online and discussed the course with my manager who approves of the course but need to complete the application process.
HR mentioned that there is a stipulation to taking the course in terms of length of service. Does anyone have experience of this? I will obviously talk to my employer but I am wondering do people have experience of this stipulation and what where some/all of the terms?
I feel that taking this course would give me a great foundation to negotiate working form home on days that I have online classes. This would not have to be compulsory but just a more flexible arrangement than I have currently. I have a total of a 1h 30m commute so this would ease the inevitable pressure of working and studying. Does anyone have experience of this? How did you approach it and were you successful. The company I work for allow working from home infrequently(I am a software developer) but it is not in the culture fully yet.
How much of a boost will I have in my next salary/performance review etc.? Should I consider taking a salary review before starting any course? Are companies more likely to not want to give me a raise as they know I am, for want of a better word, stuck at the company under the length of service stipulation?
Is the employer required to purchase any books I may need?
Is the course paid for upfront by myself?
Any other information that you may have learned during a similar experience would be great.