Masterclass workshops: Getting to grips with workforce planning

What is the need?

There is an increased interest in workforce planning, driven by UK demographics, skills shortages and, in the public sector, government edicts. Hence, at an organisational level, it is likely that HR professionals will need to provide leadership in the subject.

Although workforce planning is not technically difficult, there is a shortage of HR professionals with the necessary understanding and analytical skills.

Even if not intimately involved with the planning process, many HR practitioners and line managers need to understand the basics of workforce planning, particularly if they have responsibility for contributing to business or strategic planning.


To equip participants with an understanding of workforce planning, specifically:

  • the labour market context
  • how workforce planning should work in the organisation
  • the links with business objectives
  • benefits and limitations
  • basic techniques
  • an introduction to workforce modelling

Why this course?

IES has a long track record in carrying out client projects in labour markets, workforce planning and modelling. The course will give participants real-life examples, a real-life case study to work through, and plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Under expert guidance, the concepts and skills can be readily learned such that those who attend the training will be immediately more productive, and capable of advising line managers. The course will equip participants to contribute to the workforce element of strategic and business plans, and will enable HR practitioners with the skills they need to ‘do’ workforce planning back at their workplaces.


The course will be a mixture of content/expert input from the facilitator, hands-on exercises, and discussion. It will draw on real examples taken from IES’s client work.


  • workforce planning in context (input from IES)
  • know your workforce: data requirements (group exercise)
  • understanding wastage (wastage calculations and discussion)
  • the ‘workforce system’ (including examples from IES's client work)
  • drawing and refining the workforce system (group exercise)
  • getting to grips with the future: demand and supply (including helping managers through the process)
  • introduction to the case study: Mercator Investment Bank
    • Mercator: task 1
    • Mercator: task 2
    • Mercator: forecasting demonstration
  • outside your organisation: labour market trends in the UK

Who should attend this course?

  • HR specialists who have responsibility for workforce planning but are currently relatively new to the subject
  • HR business partners, consultants and generalists who need a capability to advise their clients about the subject
  • senior HR professionals and managers who need to appreciate the scope of the subject


Half a day

CPD course pricing

Unless otherwise stated, in-house course fees are as follows:

CPD in-house training per day (excl. VAT)
non-members of the IES HR Network £1,640
members of the IES HR Network £1,450

Contact us

For more information or to book a Masterclass workshop, please get in touch to discuss your requirements with us.

Email: Emma Stewart-Rigby

Call: 01273 763433