Getting started with Strategic Workforce Planning

2-day Master class | in-company

A good workforce in terms of numbers, skills, flexibility and costs is of great strategic importance for any organisation.

Which people will we need later on, who will be available then, and how do we solve any staffing gaps? That is the essence of Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP).

So what are the key building blocks for preparing an SWP plan for your organisation? Who do you involve in this process, and how do you ensure adequate implementation of that plan? This 2-day master class will help you on your way!

What will you learn in this master class?

Strategic workforce planning is essential for the future of your organisation and forms the basis for an effective and future-oriented People Policy. It contributes to achieving organisational goals and promotes better-founded policy choices. It also makes organisations more successful in recruiting and selecting new, suitable people.

In this master class, you will learn how to gain insight in the desired future staffing level and how to determine the differences between the desired and expected staffing levels. You will be able to identify workforce-related bottlenecks at business, policy and strategic levels. The master class is taught by Dr Gerard Evers or Irma Doze, both renowned experts in Strategic Workforce Planning.

Getting started with making your own plan

Between the first and the second day of the master class, you will start working on an action plan for strategic workforce planning in your organisation. Your plan will contain a coherent vision of the future, including the staffing consequences of this vision. You will receive virtual support from Gerard Evers or Irma Doze if required. On the second day of the master class, you will give a presentation and exchange results and experiences. This will allow you also to learn from the experiences of the other participants.

Target group

The programme is suitable for you if:

  • you are getting started with SWP in your organisation and will be leading the process or will be closely involved;
  • you want to know how to apply SWP in your organisation and you want to know what it entails; or
  • you want to develop yourself in SWP in order to generate additional value for your organisation and further your career prospects.

Haven’t followed the basic People Analytics training course yet? Then don’t forget to check out our 2-day and 5-day People Metrics and People Analytics training courses.

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These are the objectives of the masterclass:

  • you will be able to visualise the current workforce from a business perspective;
  • you can analyse the present and desired staffing levels in your organisation;
  • you can translate the desired positioning of your organisation into critical competencies of people; and
  • you can draw up and analyse any future staffing scenarios.


And your toolbox will include:

  • the ability to link your organisational strategy with Strategic Workforce Planning;
  • knowledge of the 8 essential building blocks of SWP;
  • insight into the necessary inflow, throughflow and outflow developments;
  • insight into the measures needed to realise SWP objectives in your organisation; and
  • the skills to design and implement the SWP process in your organisation.

Day 1

09:00 – Start of the morning programme

  • Expectations & learning objectives
  • Theory and embedding of data-driven strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning.

With a particular focus on:

  • the what and why of SWP;
  • the why of data-driven SWP;
  • how to start with SWP and how to turn it into a hands-on experience;
  • how to design a tailor-made SWP process, suitable for your organisation;
  • how to achieve support, ownership and commitment, including the associated roles and responsibilities; and
  • dovetailing SWP with existing processes, such as the annual plan and the budget cycle.


13.00 – Start of the afternoon programme

  • Step 1: preparation and scope
  • Steps 2 to 4: present staffing situation and internal and external developments


This includes:

  • deciding between a top-down or bottom-up approach;
  • gathering data;
  • deciding which working methods to use in the various steps;
  • planning an SWP process within your own organisation (homework).


17.00 – End of day 1


Day 2

9.00 – Start of morning programme

  • Homework: presentation and discussion of SWP plans (for own organisation)
  • Steps 5 and 6

Focusing on:

  • critical competences and a performance-potential review (including HR3P and 9-grid); and
  • drawing conclusions from analyses.


13.00 – Start of afternoon programme

  • Steps 7 to 9
  • Presenting the results

Focusing on:

  • innovative and effective interventions and solutions to close the gap;
  • how to write a good action and communication plan; and
  • how to proceed within your own organisation.

17.00 – End of master class

Irma Doze

Turning data into profit is both Irma Doze’s personal passion and AnalitiQs’ corporate mission. With a background in all forms of intelligence – including market research, (predictive) analytics and reporting – Irma helps companies seeking to get more out of the people data collected through their own HR systems and through online and offline research. This data hides new insights and opportunities that allow companies to sustainably improve their employee satisfaction and bottom-line results.

Irma has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and experience with clients, colleagues, course participants and students for many years in the form of training courses, workshops and coaching. Irma’s approach to projects and training courses is both passionate and result driven. Her favourite training method is to combine theory with case studies and exercises.


Gerard Evers

Gerard Evers is Director/Owner of consultancy firm Euro-HRM, specialising in economic People Management. He graduated with honours in General Econometrics from Tilburg University and became Assistant Professor in Spatial Economics at the University of Groningen. After his doctoral thesis on interregional labour mobility (1986), he worked as Associate Professor of Human Resources Studies at Tilburg University from 1987 to 1999.

Between 1999 and 2005, he worked as a consultant at IVA Tilburg and from 2005-2009 as Director of the HRM Department at OSA, the Organisation for Strategic Labour Market Research in Tilburg and Utrecht. Between 2004 and 2007, he was also Professor of Human Capital Valuation at the Tilburg University.

Gerard regularly publishes books and articles on topics such as strategic people planning, internal mobility, reward systems, key performance indicators, balanced scorecards, human capital valuation and flexible retirement.

The training is given on request.

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