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Workforce planning

Plan for the future. Workforce planning brings important benefits to councils and their communities and this workshop helps local government plan at a local, sub-regional and regional level to support the future growth of a vibrant economy.

About this course

Councils that develop evidence-based workforce planning are more competitive in the labour market and better able to meet community needs for service delivery. This workshop will give you the theory and the tools to effectively undertake workforce planning. Planning a future workforce to deliver services needs to be linked to local, regional and state-wide priorities. This course takes you through local government’s key role in planning a workforce as part of strategic planning and the importance of partnering with a range of organisations to support conditions for economic growth. In addition to asset management, planning and financial planning, you will learn how workforce planning is a critical component of long-term strategic planning.

Course structure 

Workforce planning is an ongoing process. It ensures organisations have the right people in place at the right time to perform activities that deliver end goals. Workforce planning is an integral part of strategic planning. It enables local and regional organisations to plan for the right level of resources to meet community needs now and in the future.

The course will address issues including:

  • The need to provide services efficiently and effectively
  • The impact of an ageing workforce, for example, in outdoor and maintenance staff
  • Skills gaps due to changes in technology or a shortage of applicants for certain jobs, for example, planners, engineers and environmental health officers
  • Succession planning from middle to senior management positions, especially for a growing cohort of senior women within local government
  • Likely requests for more flexible working conditions in the future.

Take part in our two-day course for a highly participatory and collaborative ‘hands-on’ opportunity. Our workshop interaction helps you to understand the context for workforce planning. It introduces you to students facing similar planning issues, and creates a community led by our academics’ expertise to guide you through the journey.

Using tailored templates, you will be guided through the steps and activities of workforce planning and start to build a workforce plan for your own organisation.

Over the two days you will:

  • Go through the six steps of workforce planning guidelines with evaluation throughout
  • Explore benefits of integrating workforce plans within strategic corporate planning
  • Discuss and identify key workforce challenges for your organisation
  • Understand processes, systems and stakeholder engagement when developing and implementing workforce planning
  • Identify and analyse baseline data and sources of information that inform your plan
  • Explore the role of local and regional organisations as a direct employer
  • Consider retention and recruitment strategies that align to current and
  • future service delivery. 


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Develop evidence-based workforce planning to become more competitive in the labour market
  • Meet community needs for service delivery.
  • Strengthen organisational capacity to deliver strategic and operational plans
  • Incorporate analysis which leads to better understanding of the workforce profile.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Directors and managers responsible for workforce strategies and service heads responsible for resourcing service delivery.



10 November




2 days

Meet the Expert

Sophi Bruce

Sophi Bruce
Senior Specialist Leadership Programs, IPPG

Leadership Program Specialist: Sophi Bruce specialises in approaches to leadership, transition and social impact projects using a portfolio of techniques for reflective learning, collaborative working and thinking differently. From the design and delivery of bespoke learning programs to ongoing project delivery, Sophi’s focus on positive tangible outcomes is supported by professional aptitude and a passion for facilitating personal, organisational and social progress. At IPPG, Sophi has strategic responsibility for a suite of programs and subjects at University Technology Sydney committed to building leadership capacity across the local government sector on a national level. With extensive facilitation and project management experience, Sophi manages a range of consultancy projects for clients of the Institute in areas such as leadership, organisational change, community and place, collaboration, evaluation and capacity building. Sophi is an authorized assessor of the Leadership Development Framework and has an executive certificate in Positive Psychology coaching.  She has curated for the International Association for Public Participation and contributes to Adaptive Leadership Australia’s leadership programs and The School of Life classes.

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Tue 10 Nov 2020 -
Wed 11 Nov 2020
Expert: Sophi Bruce
  • UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
  • 2 sessions, 16 hours total
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