Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass

Key facts

The Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass is available in two formats.

Live-online version

  • Fee: £695 + VAT
  • Length: 2 x half-day live-online sessions
  • Dates: November 2020, March 2021, October 2021

Programme Overview

Understand the workforce talent and skills needed to deliver your organisation's strategy

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) is about proactively identifying your organisation's long-term needs and ensuring you have the people resources to meet them.

Yet despite its business-critical nature, many organisations do not understand the value of SWP or how to deliver it in practice. This masterclass will give you the skills to lead in this area and show its value to your organisation.

The Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass is a workshop-style programme that covers:

  • What SWP is and what it can do for your organisation
  • How to get the right people in the right place at the right time - and with the right skills
  • A five-step process to deliver SWP in your organisation
  • Practical application of these concepts, processes and frameworks to a live case study

With the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the economy and workforce, organisations need to rapidly reshape and plan their workforce. This short course’s content and case study reflect the current workforce challenges, including:

Sustainability – how organisations may need to make hard choices now such as laying staff off now to reduce costs, but this may make the organisation unsustainable if they make the wrong choices.

Flexibility – how organisations must match the current workforce to the available work, making rapid workforce choices about redeployment of staff, laying people off or finding new products and services to deliver.

Who is it suitable for?

  • HR managers and senior HR professionals
  • HR business partners and partners from Resourcing, Talent, Succession and L&D (either at ‘Head of’ or practitioner level)
  • Those tasked with business planning, budgeting or organisational development objectives

Programme structure

The Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass is delivered through the presentation and exploration of key ideas, peer discussion, group learning and case studies.

The in-person version is delivered over one day at our Greenlands campus near Henley-on-Thames.

The live-online version is delivered as two half-day facilitated interactive sessions, enabling real-time engagement and discussion.

You will look at topics including:

  • What is SWP and why is it important?
  • Mapping your business strategy - what does it mean in practice for your people and talent?
  • Analysing your current and future workforce
  • How to integrate the SWP five-step planning process into your organisation
  • How SWP translates to operational realities like hiring, promotions, retention, rewards and people development

Key benefits

For individuals:

  • Demystify SWP and understand the value it can deliver
  • Leave with a practical five-step process that you can apply within your organisation
  • Move from an operational to a strategic focus
  • Have better discussions with your business customers and support partners

For organisations:

  • Develop your HR executives into strategic leaders who can support the business using evidence-based plans
  • Take a more proactive approach to SWP - reactive approaches can be slow and costly

People & Organisational Change at Henley

All of our People & Organisational Change masterclasses:

  • Focus on organisational context - we encourage you to consider and discuss your own challenges
  • Integrate soft skills and practice with theory, helping you develop the confidence and credibility you need to get results back in the workplace
  • Give you immediate practical takeaways such as an action plan aligned with your personal learning objectives
  • Are designed and delivered by a programme director who is an experienced senior HR professional and who has undertaken research into the HR discipline
  • Provide the opportunity to build a supportive peer network

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Offers & Discounts

A discount is applied if all four People & Organisational Change masterclasses are booked together:

4 x live-online masterclasses (combined price): £2,380 + VAT

4 x in-person masterclasses (combined price): £4,300 + VAT

Alumni discount

  • 10% discount on programme fee for Henley alumni*
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership

For more information please contact

A 50% discount is available to employees of registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion and to confirm eligibility please contact

* 10% discount applies only to alumni graduates of the University of Reading (not to graduates of Henley Management College)

Please note: Only one discount can apply.



The Henley Experience

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Experience is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.


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If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.