Workforce Planning Master Class

Wednesday 26th September 2018 from 10:00 until 16:15


This workshop is for all HR practitioners who need to work with resource planning, especially HR Business Partners and planning specialists. Workforce Planning is defined as the assessment of the human resource needed to deliver the business plan, both in terms of numbers and capabilities.  It is often captured in the goal of "the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills.... and the right contract".  This is a discipline where HR, working with Finance and Corporate Planning,  can make a make a crucial impact on business success. Not only can they contribute to smoother operational delivery, but make significant savings in avoiding redundancy costs, unnecessary contingent staffing, as well as reducing the risks of scarce skill shortages. 

Who will benefit from the Master Class?

All HR practitioners, especially HR Business Partners, Talent Managers, HR Information, and planning specialists. Corporate planners and finance business partners.

Programme content

  • The business case for effective workforce planning and the benefits to all stakeholders
  • Setting the stage with key planning decisions - e.g how far ahead? how frequent?
  • Understanding the data requirements; the concept of job families
  • Scenario planning
  • Creating sets of questions regarding external demands (such as technology, demographics,etc.) and internal demands (i.e. company strategy, organisational change, productivity
  • Defining ratios to link business delivery with human resource
  • Modelling workforce flows and replacement
  • Supply management, including iInternal supply sources - potential, career and succession planning
  • Tools and templates
  • Roles, responsibilities, communication, involvement

The workshop will be illustrated by practical exercises and case studies, and there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to learn from one another and get answers to their own challenges. Participants will be able to take away a workbook, spreadsheet tools and a guide to workforce planning to utilize in their own organisations.

The Speakers:

George Blair: An experienced management consultant with a strong track record in productivity improvement, workforce planning and development, organisational change and education and training.  His work on productivity improvement has been presented at many conferences and been published in professional journals.   He has produced the workforce element of successful Outline and Full Business Cases, working as a member of a multi-functional team.   He has led lean thinking workshops that he led resulted in a large number of improvements.  He has also advised organisations on people based information and reporting.     In addition, he has held interim workforce related roles and recruited and developed substantive replacements.

He combines a participative style of working with strong influencing skills and has worked as a consultant in the UK and in Eastern Europe, the Near and Middle East for the World Bank, Department for International Development and USAID.

George has written three books on organisational change and numerous articles for periodicals and conferences.   He has been an expert witness to the House of Commons Health Select Committee and advisor to the King’s Fund in workforce planning and development.  He is the Chair of the HR Society.



All fees are inclusive of materials for the session, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Discounts will also be offered to organisations that book more than one employee onto this event. Please contact us for further information.

How to Book

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