Strategic workforce planning programme

Set the scene for success by developing your workforce planning expertise and skills. This course teaches you to plan for future workforce needs and how to align people planning with business strategy.

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Perfect for:

HR managers
People Professionals
Senior HR professionals

You’ll learn how to:

  • identify insights from strategic workforce planning and baseline your organisation
  • model and forecast changes to supply and demand
  • conduct a gap analysis
  • create and execute an action plan to deliver the right workforce.

About this course

Course length: Four weeks

Delivery: Online class and self-directed learning

Suitable for: People professionals who already understand the concept of workforce planning and those who want to advance their expertise.​


Topics covered

  • business acumen, corporate strategies and strategic workforce planning (SWP)
  • stakeholder management
  • data and assumptions in strategic workforce planning
  • workforce segmentation and business-critical roles
  • internal and external talent supply
  • qualitative and quantitative demand factors
  • gap analysis
  • workforce planning levers, cost-benefit analysis, and demand optimisation
  • talent management
  • action and contingency planning.​

What to expect from this 'strategic workforce planning programme’ course

As one of our strategic workforce planning courses, this programme is for people professionals who already understand the concept of workforce planning and those who want to advance their expertise. You will learn to forecast talent supply and segment data to make informed decisions. This workforce planning training is delivered by leading experts in strategic workforce planning and is aligned with the CIPD Profession Map. It takes an evidence-based approach and uses case studies of strategic workforce planning models.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This workforce planning training course has four online learning sessions delivered over four weeks. Each learning session is three hours long. The course includes self-directed learning on executing the plan and adaptive planning. We encourage you to participate in peer learning and preparation work such as pre-reading, MOST Analysis exercise, SWP maturity questionnaire and data sets. You should allow for 10 hours of learning over the duration of the course.

What you’ll get on this course

At the end of this course, you’ll receive a certificate. Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.​

Learning outcomes

By the end of this 'strategic workforce planning programme’ course, you’ll be able to:

  • appreciate the need for workforce plans to align with business strategy
  • influence stakeholders effectively
  • use people analytics for greater insight into workforce planning
  • use qualitative and quantitative methods of demand forecasting
  • use gap analysis and scenario planning to align worker availability with business needs
  • understand how to use the five talent management levers
  • approach planning with an agile mindset.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

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And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

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