THE GLOBAL SOURCING ASSOCIATION

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Why train with the GSA?

The GSA UK 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, behaviour 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 profession qualifications along with generic business skills required by the sourcing professional.

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What's different about training with the GSA?

For 20 years the GSA (and the National Outsourcing Association before it) has been delivering professional development to the strategic sourcing profession. We continue to do so, though today, in light of the significant changes brought on by COVID, we deliver that training in both online and on premise environments – meaning we can be truly global in our program delivery.

There are a number of aspects to our professional development, which are completely unique to the GSA:

  • GSA's training program 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 programs and executive masterclasses
  • We cover the end-to-end lifecycle of strategic sourcing, including a strong focus on value creation through expert relationship management – in addition to negotiation/procurement
  • We are focused on the entire sourcing eco-system, bringing the buyers, providers and advisors together
  • All of our training is underpinned by the best practice included in the Global Strategic Sourcing Standard
  • GSA Students are given complimentary individual membership of the GSA and so enjoy the benefits of being part of an engaged community for sharing ideas/challenges, as well as access to constant thought leadership across a broad range of topics
  • We follow the work-based learning approach to professional development. So no cramming from manuals and stressful revision for exams, instead you are assessed on the papers you submit which centre around relevant work-related challenges you are facing – bringing great benefits to you and also to your company
  • Our program is modular (with the exception of the GSA Diploma) so you can study as much or as little as you like with the GSA. You can choose to consume the content as your approach to learning or convert that to a qualification over a period of time – the choice is yours
  • The GSA Diploma is equivalent to a third of a Masters degree and can be converted to a full Masters through onward study with Portsmouth University’s Institute for Work Based Learning
  • We are proud to have world class trainers deliver our programs


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