How to Speak to the CFO about Learnerships

“Our greatest asset is our workforce.”

Every CEO says this but not every CEO means it. This is not an accusation. It is simply a fact in the world of business.

In our beautiful country, unemployment is on the rise. And from a business perspective, you need to consider your B-BBEE score if you want to take your company to new heights. To kill two birds with one stone, you will need to turn to learnerships if you want to make a difference both in your company and in your community. But how do you, as the Human Resource Professional, convince the CFO that learnerships are the way of the future? You have to remember that the CFO thinks differently to you. They think in rands and cents. So how do you move the CFO of your company over to your side? You have most likely guessed by now. You will need to speak in rands and cents to the CFO.

The Research

There are numerous ways to fund learnerships. In some instances, your company will not even spend a cent. Over the course of the next few weeks, we here at i-Fundi will bring the research to you. We will tell you the secret pathways you can explore to help you on your way to write a stellar proposal document to the CFO and, ultimately, the CEO. And we will even speak in Rands and cents to make the proposal you will write easier to understand by a person interested in the money aspect of your business.

The Meeting

Make that appointment, sit in front of your CFO and explain with confidence how learnerships will benefit the company. At this point, you will speak mostly about finances and how many new clients your company can gain with a higher B-BBEE score. Will you help slay the unemployment problem? Yes, but you can keep that as a footnote depending on the person to whom you are talking. Any CFO will be so impressed with the financial aspect that you will not need to mention any other benefits. If your company happens to have a heart for the people who work in the organisation, then you can colour in the picture with talk of unemployment and of how learnerships will improve the lives of the employees.

Do you have a question about learnerships? Do you need guidance when it comes to talking to your boss about Human Resource problems? Do not hesitate for a moment to get in touch with us. Fill in the form found on the Contact Us page and we will be in touch as soon as possible.