Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass

Henley Business School

How long?

  • 2 days
  • online

What are the topics?

Henley Business School


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Who should attend

  • HR managers and senior HR professionals
  • HR business partners and partners from Resourcing, Talent, Succession and L&D (either at ‘Head of’ or practitioner level)
  • Those tasked with business planning, budgeting or organisational development objectives

Programme structure

The Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass is delivered through the presentation and exploration of key ideas, peer discussion, group learning and case studies.

The in-person version is delivered over one day at our Greenlands campus near Henley-on-Thames.

The live-online version is delivered as two half-day facilitated interactive sessions, enabling real-time engagement and discussion.

You will look at topics including:

  • What is SWP and why is it important?
  • Mapping your business strategy - what does it mean in practice for your people and talent?
  • Analysing your current and future workforce
  • How to integrate the SWP five-step planning process into your organisation
  • How SWP translates to operational realities like hiring, promotions, retention, rewards and people development

Key benefits

For individuals:

  • Demystify SWP and understand the value it can deliver
  • Leave with a practical five-step process that you can apply within your organisation
  • Move from an operational to a strategic focus
  • Have better discussions with your business customers and support partners

For organisations:

  • Develop your HR executives into strategic leaders who can support the business using evidence-based plans
  • Take a more proactive approach to SWP - reactive approaches can be slow and costly

People & Organisational Change at Henley

All of our People & Organisational Change masterclasses:

  • Focus on organisational context - we encourage you to consider and discuss your own challenges
  • Integrate soft skills and practice with theory, helping you develop the confidence and credibility you need to get results back in the workplace
  • Give you immediate practical takeaways such as an action plan aligned with your personal learning objectives
  • Are designed and delivered by a programme director who is an experienced senior HR professional and who has undertaken research into the HR discipline
  • Provide the opportunity to build a supportive peer network

About the course

Understand the workforce talent and skills needed to deliver your organisation's strategy

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) is about proactively identifying your organisation's long-term needs and ensuring you have the people resources to meet them.

Yet despite its business-critical nature, many organisations do not understand the value of SWP or how to deliver it in practice. This masterclass will give you the skills to lead in this area and show its value to your organisation.

The Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass is a workshop-style programme that covers:

  • What SWP is and what it can do for your organisation
  • How to get the right people in the right place at the right time - and with the right skills
  • A five-step process to deliver SWP in your organisation
  • Practical application of these concepts, processes and frameworks to a live case study

With the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the economy and workforce, organisations need to rapidly reshape and plan their workforce. This short course’s content and case study reflect the current workforce challenges, including:

Sustainability – how organisations may need to make hard choices now such as laying staff off now to reduce costs, but this may make the organisation unsustainable if they make the wrong choices.

Flexibility – how organisations must match the current workforce to the available work, making rapid workforce choices about redeployment of staff, laying people off or finding new products and services to deliver.


Paul Lambert

Paul has over 25 years of international experience in leading consultancies. His client experience spans all market sectors, including clients such as Network Rail, DHL, Bank of England, HM Treasury, BAE Systems, Swiss Re and Siemens. Paul is a founder of the European Organisational Design Forum...

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