The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is encouraging IT professionals to snap up the last places on its spring 2011 NOA Diploma in Strategic Global Outsourcing Programme.
The NOA Diploma, which is university accredited, is the qualification for experienced sourcing professionals "who want to take their career to the next level", said the NOA.
The likes of Logica, Capital One Bank and National Grid are participating in the current programme. The course is accredited by Middlesex University at postgraduate masters level and one day programme workshops will be held in central London.
The NOA says companies using the course can "develop their middle and senior people in the key area of sourcing strategy, and retain key talent by providing stimulating development opportunities".
They will also "see a clear return on investment through added value from role based project work".
Individuals completing the course can add "DipNOA" after their name. Programme tutors are all experienced sourcing professionals and academics.
The Diploma differs significantly from the NOA Professional Certificate and the NOA Advanced Professional Certificate, as it is a post graduate masters level programme.
Participants are not provided with "taught input" but are required to research for themselves particular areas within the outsourcing market. Participants will need to demonstrate that they are able to undertake in-depth research, to reflect critically on their experiences, their behaviours and the behaviours of others, and to develop insightful analysis, the NOA said.
It is expected that participants who undertake the Diploma programme have at least five years experience within the outsourcing sector and are currently working in an outsourcing role.
Last year, the NOA warned the government to step carefully after announcing its Spending Review.
The government will look to service providers to cut costs, it said, but it needs to avoid "being seduced by the cheapest option".
Martyn Hart, chairman at the National Outsourcing Association, said: “There is a danger that today’s announcement could prompt the public sector to outsource cheaply, at the cost of improved service, in order to achieve quick gains over the next four years.”
He said the right due diligence and planning would lead to success. “It’s clear that any project initiated on cost alone, is more likely to end in failure.”