​Integrated Workforce Planning - Training Course

Integrated workforce planning is an important approach to ensure you have a workforce of the right size and skills to meet your organisation’s short and long-term objectives.

With growing financial constraints and an uncertain workforce supply, workforce planners are under growing pressure to ensure their approach is evidence-based, sustainable and robust enough to address both current and future workforce demands.

If you are involved in workforce planning at any level, then this course will provide you with a complete understanding of the workforce planning process and the tools and techniques to support strategic decision-making concerning the acquisition, development and deployment of your workforce.

What are the benefits of attending?

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have enhanced perspective on workforce planning
  • Identify how their organisation currently undertakes workforce planning versus a nationally recognised approach
  • Be empowered to have more informed discussions with individuals in their organisation about the importance and approach to workforce planning
  • Be more proactive and less reactive to workforce issues
  • Be better influencers and enablers to promote workforce change
  • Have an understanding of the tasks and activities required to make workforce planning a more meaningful activity
  • Have the opportunity to apply skills learnt on the course in the ‘real world’

The course is developed and delivered by workforce planning specialists who have created relevant content for participants, taking into consideration the environment in which they will be operating and external forces such as government targets and the impact of Brexit on the workforce.

Who should attend?

HR professionals, service/general managers and/or workforce planners who are familiar with workforce planning and want to either refresh or enhance their knowledge, using a tried and tested methodology.

The details:

This three-day course focuses on the practical application of the Six Step Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning over 2 days, followed by a 1-day action learning set, allowing participants to reflect on what they have learnt and explore how it can be applied to a relevant practice-related problem.

The course will focus in detail on each of the Six Steps detailed below, how to embed an organisation-wide approach to workforce planning and influence its implementation with key stakeholders.

  • Step 1: Defining the plan
  • Step 2: Mapping service change
  • Step 3: Defining the required workforce
  • Step 4: Understanding workforce availability
  • Step 5: Planning to deliver the required workforce
  • Step 6: Implement, monitoring and refresh.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding of why workforce planning is a vital component of service/business/organisational management
  2. Understanding and appreciation of a nationally recognised workforce planning methodology (the Six Steps) and how to apply it
  3. An agreed concept of how workforce planning processes should look moving forward
  4. An action plan of priority areas and next steps required to make the vision a reality

Programme Structure:

Pre-Program: Harvard business review JP Cotter why transformation fails: Case study notes: Personal objectives questionnaire: 6 Step Methodology flyer

Day 1

  • 09:30 Registration and coffee
  • 10:00 Introduction to program and participants
  • 11:00 Systemic thinking
  • 12:00 Workforce planning definitions
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 6 Step methodology overview
  • 15:00 Steps one, two, three (working through each of the steps focussing on participants identified workforce challenge)
  • 17:00 Plenary review
  • 17:30 Homework and close

Day 2

  • 09:00 Check-in and learning review
  • 10:00 Steps four, five, six (working through each of the steps focussing on participants identified workforce challenge)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal influence
  • 15:00 Personal action learning project
  • 16:00 Plenary/review
  • 16:30 Close

Day 3 (action learning set)

  • 09:30 Registration and coffee
  • 10:00 Check-in and set up
  • 10:30 Action learning sets x 2 x 6 x 45 minutes
  • 10:00 11:15 12:00
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:30 14:15 15:00
  • 15:45 plenary review
  • 16:30 Formal closing exercise (5pm end)

Assessment Outline:

All delegates will be required to undertake an assessment to demonstrate that they have achieved and fulfilled the requirements laid out in the assessment criteria of the programme.

Assessment criteria

  • Explain the principles and practices of workforce planning in relation to 6 steps methodology
  • Apply the principles and methodology of workforce planning to an actual workforce planning challenge

Two methods of assessment will be adopted to fulfil the requirements of assessment relating to the programme of study Delegates must be able to demonstrate that they understand the methodologies and principles relating to 6 step methodology along with how to apply these methodologies and principles to workforce planning. Furthermore assessment 2 will require delegates to become reflective in their approach to the development of their knowledge, skills and application of both methodologies and principles relating to 6 step methodology.

Assessment criteria one

All delegates will be required to complete the workforce plan booklet to support them in applying the key methodologies and principles to workforce planning and 6 step methodology. (A guidance document will be developed to support and guide delegates with the necessary information to complete the assessment)

Assessment criteria two

All delegates will be required to participate in action learning. This will consist of preparing a power point presentation relating to the subject matter and delivering this to a small group of delegates. The presentation must last for 30 minutes and must have elements of reflection using an appropriate model/theory that will support their reflective practice.

“What knowledge and skills have I developed through completing the workforce plan booklet and how will I implement this methodology to improve my workforce”

At the end of the action learning presentation, each delegate will be required to participate in a 15-minute peer question and answer session which will relate to their presentation.The presentation will count towards the summative assessment along with the action plan booklet outlined in assessment one.

Upcoming dates:

The next available course starts in October 2018 and is delivered over the following 3 days:

Day 1 2/10/18
Day 2 3/10/18
Day 3 3/12/18


London (details TBC)

Course fee: £1,495 + VAT

The fee includes all training materials, a mid-programme activity and lunch.

Bookable Dates

2nd Oct 2018 (09:00)
6/12 places left

Dates available on arrangement

Skills for Health can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

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