Workforce planning skills are not enough, says new report

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 15 May 2014 in News
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The report provides some advice for individual authorities as to successful approaches, barriers that need to be overcome, tips for success and some example models.
The full range of skills required for workforce planning is not fully appreciated and many local authorities are 'firefighting' their way through tough times, according to a new report.
 
The Skills for Local Government report, written in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Local Government Association, identifies that successful workforce planning must operate in three dimensions - strategic and business vision, workforce planning and HR implementation skills.
 
It says that old workforce planning methods are not irrelevant, but must be applied in different ways and produce more imaginative solutions, including taking account of and working to the new operating environment, creating much more flexibility within workforces and creating ways to release and use talent.
 
Skills for Local Government Employer relationship manager, Bob Ross said: "Workforce planning is not a new concept. It has been applied in all sectors of the economy in one form or another for many years.
 
"But like many aspects of local government, it has become more complicated in recent years due to the operational environment in which it has to take place."
 
The report also provides some advice for individual authorities as to successful approaches, barriers that need to be overcome, tips for success and some example models.

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