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The CfWI produces quality intelligence to inform better workforce planning that improves people’s lives. To do this we take a robust and methodical approach which builds a range of possible futures and formulates policies that anticipate these futures. This approach recognises the complexity of factors influencing demand and supply and the intrinsic uncertainty of the future.This video demonstrates this in action.


Workforce intelligence into planning

Workforce planning is the process of ensuring that a business or organisation has the right people, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right time.

Our robust workforce planning framework is made up of four building blocks. This methodology helps us systematically gather workforce intelligence on a focal question or issue of concern. This is a statement of the purpose of the project (for example, the requirements of the future workforce, their numbers and proportions).

  1. Horizon scanning explores the potential challenges, opportunities and likely future developments that could influence workforce planning.
  2. Scenario generation produces challenging but plausible scenarios which may evolve in the future.
  3. Workforce modelling simulates future demand and supply for the set of generated scenarios and looks at the balance. This compares the available workforce with the workforce that might be required in the future.
  4. Policy analysis identifies the potential impact of prospective policies across the range of scenarios. This can subsequently be used to support and inform policy makers about their impact and effectiveness against uncertain futures.



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