Strategic Sourcing

Our strategic sourcing service addresses the entire lifecycle of vendor provided training and helps organizations rationalize and reduce the total cost of third-party training.

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Reduce Unmanaged Spend

Vendor provided training is perhaps the largest unmanaged spend within the training function. You need a partner who can rationalize your entire learning investment for greater ROI.

NIIT’s Strategic Sourcing service addresses the entire lifecycle of vendor provided training. Our clients receive cost reduction, access to a leading collection of learning providers and a full suite of support services including selection, measurement, and knowledge management. Whether internal or external, your budget for learning is an investment; our approach, processes & technology ensure that our clients get the highest returns for that investment.

In our approach, NIIT does not own any content – we utilize third-party providers. The best solution is identified rather than our content being “pushed” to the client, preventing bias or a conflict of interest. Third party training providers won’t be reluctant to participate as they won’t see competitive barriers with a neutral provider.


Reduction in direct costs by rationalizing courses


Transparency of training spend


Savings in unbundling content and facilitation


Strategic Sourcing is a flexible and full service differentiated solution that completely manages third party training vendors right from identification and selection, to onboarding, contracting and customer engagement. Our service is based on a fully variable funding model and focuses on performance improvement through the selection and management of best-in-class partners.




Client Education


Metrics and Reporting

Quality Assurance



The NIIT Advantage

Addressing the total cost of learning

NIIT’s Strategic Sourcing service addresses the Total Cost of Learning (TCL). The easiest way to understand the cost of third-party providers is by examining direct costs, that is, their bill to you. However, we believe that this view fails to capture a full picture of what we call Total Cost of Learning (TCL). Specifically, this approach ignores several categories of cost that are inhibiting our clients from achieving the maximum business value from their investment.



✓ Training tightly linked to business

✓ Reduce time spent in training to increase productivity

✓ Rationalize curricula and vendors

✓ Reduce total cost of learning


✓ Rationalize courses, vendors, participation, and delivery mode

✓ Eliminate internal staffing requirements and reduce process costs

✓ Unbundle content & facilitation

✓ Eliminate scrap

✓ Make vs. buy​​​​

Business Impact

Portfolio and Vendor Rationalization

NIIT helped a large British Oil and Gas company to rationalize its vendor portfolio and spend from 1500 small supplier vendors to 400 limited strategic suppliers. NIIT also helped the company rationalize its Learning Course Portfolio and eliminate redundancies and duplication.

Managing the Total Cost of Training through Efficient Strategic Sourcing

NIIT manages all providers for a leading Oil and Gas company across Europe, APAC and North America. NIIT has setup contracts with key suppliers and identified relationship managers for them. We also helped them solve the challenge of provider cancellations by adding standard cancellation terms with more than 93% of all their suppliers.

You can’t spell TRAINING without NIIT.

NIIT is a market-leading, pure-play Managed Training Services company with over 41 years of experience in learning outsourcing. With a global footprint that spans over 40 countries, we help the world’s leading companies dramatically improve L&D effectiveness and efficiency.