In today’s busy business world, in-house training seminars are a must. After all, employees must be kept up to date with new office procedures, software packages, or need to learn an entire new skill set. Here, an employee had missed a required training session due to a family issue. As a result, they composed an apology letter to their boss, stating the issue and exactly what it was they’d be doing to rectify the situation.
He also informed his boss that he took the initiative and signed himself up for the next training session.
Apology Letter / Email for Not Attending Training
Dear Ms. Kline:
Please accept my apology for missing the required training session on office management techniques. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to attend the training session. However, this matters not when you consider the valuable information I missed out on, and how terrible, unprofessional and irresponsible it makes me look to you, our department and our company, ACME Periodicals.
Though I did send an email stating I would miss training, I do not believe it was sufficient, nor was it sent on time. As of the time of this writing, I am just becoming aware of the disappointment that you are feeling in my being absent from training. I realize that this was an important step in my process, however due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to attend. I deeply regret any pain or embarrassment this may have caused you.
I take full responsibility for my actions. I realize that I did not respond in a timely manner and that should have been a priority. Due to the situation and my lack of proper judgement in contacting the session instructor as well as yourself, it has made me appear as if I was an incompetent employee, one that cannot even follow the simplest of instructions. As such, this also reflects poorly on you, as you had recommended me for the office management training program, which would have put me in direct line for a promotion.
The day prior to the training session, my wife and I learned that her sister’s son had gone missing. We were immediately caught up in helping and comforting her during this trying time. As a result, I lost track of time, and thought of nothing else. The events whirled around us so quickly, and emotions were taught and the day stressful, that I did not even consider the training session, let alone think to send an email.
I have since contacted HR and have taken the initiative to sign myself up for their next training session on office management techniques. I have included a copy of the police report which gives the details on the incident. If there is anything else that I can do to make this up to you, please inform me at your earliest convenience.