Why train with the GSA?
The Global Sourcing Association is committed to developing the professional reputation of the sourcing industry. That starts with ensuring all sourcing professionals have the opportunity to develop the right skills, behaviours and knowledge to do the job. Professional development in sourcing is central to all of the GSA’s work. Our professional development programme is based around training on core sourcing skills and understanding unique sourcing professional talents alongside the generic business skills required by the sourcing professional.
The GSA’s training programme offers a wide range of training courses, accommodating all levels of experience for sourcing professionals and with formats to suit all requirements, including online/distance learning, open workshops, in-house training programmes and executive masterclasses. We are proud to have world class trainers deliver our programmes.
The GSA’s qualifications include the industry’s first Foundation certificate, professional certificate, and diploma in sourcing. Middlesex University based in London, England, accredits the GSA Professional Certificate and GSA Diploma programmes through its Institute for Work Based Learning. The Institute for Work Based Learning pioneered the development of work-based learning at higher education level and is an internationally recognised centre for excellence.
The GSA offers training in a variety of formats to suit your requirements:
Whether you are looking for a one-off executive masterclass on the strategic implications of sourcing, a year-long programme of professional development for your sourcing professionals, or accredit your own in-house programmes to GSA qualifications, the GSA can develop a programme bespoke to you and deliver it at your offices.
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Currently, our Gateway qualification is our only online course. We are however planning to put all our courses online in the near future. Please register your interest in online outsourcing courses.
The distance learning model is available for all our courses for overseas students and those who prefer the distance learning format. Materials and workbooks are provided for all students supported by remote access to tutors – online and by phone. Feedback is provided on papers submitted.
Evidence of Work Based Learning (EWBL) papers need to be submitted for assessment for GSA qualifications. The level of qualification depends on the number of workbooks and EWBL completed, in the following breakdown:
Two workbooks and one piece of EWBL: GSA Foundation Certificate
Three workbooks and two pieces of EWBL: GSA Certificate
Four workbooks and three pieces of EWBL: GSA Professional Certificate (allowing students to add CertGSA after their name)
Workbooks contain a number of exercises that ask the learner to consider some key sourcing questions. The exercises encourage students to think in some depth about the challenges of sourcing and to reflect on how outsourcing practice might be improved in their own organisations. Work Based Learning papers ask the learner to relate their study to their place of work, and consist of about 3500 words.
All our sourcing workshops can be taken individually or as a full series. You can book one and then extend it to take more. We also publish a calendar of business and management courses for individuals.
Our Diploma programme has a minimum of 2 cohorts running each year – one starting in the spring the other in the Autumn. Students on the Diploma programme attend 3 dedicated Diploma workshops slanted towards a more senior level of outsourcing.
For details please visit the Open Workshop Calendar.
Public Sector Skills Academy
The GSA’s Public Sector Skills Academy has been designed specifically for public sector delegates to help them maximise existing and new sourcing relationships. Workshops and qualifications are available.
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