Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass

Henley Business School

How long?

  • 1 week
  • online, in person

Henley Business School


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Who should attend

  • All HR managers and senior HR professionals
  • Business leaders trying to understand how to better articulate the "how to" of strategy to key stakeholder groups, and what people actions need to be addressed
  • Partners involved in supplying against this need - Resourcing, Talent and succession, L&D and HR business partners (either at ‘Head of’ or practitioner level)
  • Those tasked with business planning, budgeting or organisational development objectives.

About the course

SWP: Understanding the workforce talent and skills needed to deliver on the business strategy

Henley recognises that effective strategic workforce planning (SWP) is much more than a data collection exercise. SWP is a strategic mind-set, responding to a business-driven need for HR departments and senior leadership to work together for organisational change.

But despite the business-critical nature of SWP, many organisations are not utilising it fully, and many HR departments do not have the necessary skills to lead in this area.

This 1-day, workshop-style masterclass sets out the key elements of effective strategic workforce planning and how you can create a step change in the value you add, including:

  • Moving from an operational to a strategic focus - create and communicate thoughtful proactive strategies to support the business
  • Understanding context and application - Henley recognises that SWP is not about applying software or systems; it’s about a resourcing approach that aligns with business objectives and fully engages with senior leadership
  • Gaining knowledge, confidence and gravitas to work effectively in this increasingly important space.

The Henley HR masterclass difference

Our four HR masterclasses are all delivered with a focus on organisational context; participants are encouraged to consider and discuss their own challenges. With each topic we look at the relevant technical information alongside the soft skills needed, ensuring participants have the confidence and credibility to use their knowledge effectively back in the workplace.

Henley HR masterclasses:

  • Are designed and delivered by a programme director who is an experienced senior HR professional and a skilled facilitator, and who has undertaken research into the HR discipline
  • Have immediate practical takeaways such as an action plan aligned with personal learning objectives
  • Ensure a setting with greater empathy – Henley faculty understand the increasing complexity of the HR role
  • Provide peer-networking and a relevant support network to take away.

Programme content

  • What SWP is and what it isn’t
  • Approaches and frameworks
  • Practise SWP approaches including a case-study based exercise.

You will look at topics including:

  • Critiquing what your business strategy means in practice for your people and organisation
  • Identifying the people and organisational risks critical to strategy delivery, aligning HR people processes and putting in place pro-active strategies to mitigate these risks
  • How SWP translates to operational realities like hiring, promoting, retaining, rewarding and developing people
  • Balancing a proactive approach to recruitment and development with the reality that the people needs are often not clear, or that the businesses objectives are not yet specific
  • The skills and tools you and your department need to work together more strategically and add value in context of the talent, development and recruitment functions.

Programme format

  • Best practice theory input
  • Group discussions
  • Work through a case study and practise understanding of the theory in context.


For participants

  • Evolve your perspective on this topic and how to approach it proactively and effectively
  • Demystify what SWP is generally, and what it is within the context of your organisation
  • Determine what’s hard and what’s easy within SWP
  • Move from an operational to a strategic focus
  • Understand how to have better discussions with your business customers and support partners
  • Develop confidence and credibility to apply your thinking in your organisation, communicate strategies and drive change and value.

For your organisation

HR executives will have the capability to provide a leading strategic role supporting the business using evidence-based plans. This will be a proactive approach that is aligned and cost effective (rather than reacting to business needs which is often a slow and costly process creating challenges for the teams involved.)


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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