Introduction to Strategic Workforce Planning

Explore how to use workforce planning strategically to anticipate the current and future resource requirements your organisation needs to meet its objectives.


1 day

Face to face


This course has been created to help people professionals respond to the increasing demand for strategic workforce planning. You will explore how to plan for and anticipate the changing demands on resource within your organisation.

You’ll increase your knowledge of strategic workforce planning and how to conduct a gap analysis to identify what areas need to be closed through effective resourcing.

Aligned to the Profession Map, this course is designed and delivered for CIPD by leading subject matter experts as a practical, interactive, virtual classroom to small groups.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.


As part of this course, you will:

  • define what workforce planning is and the benefits for your business
  • identify the key elements of creating a baseline of what your organisation looks like, what it is trying to achieve and why
  • determine the workforce ‘Supply’ and ‘Demand’ and explore how to conduct a ‘Gap Analysis’
  • develop the components of an ‘Action Plan’ to close the gap
  • discover how to ‘Deliver’ the right workforce

Is this course right for me?

This course is most suitable for generalists within the people profession, and anyone being tasked with workforce planning who is looking to gain fundamental knowledge into this practice.

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