Skills and workforce modelling and planning

People and skills are crucial to the UK’s economic prosperity. Investing in the right knowledge, skills and behaviours is essential for sustainable work, career progression, social mobility, business growth and productivity.

Recognising this, policy makers and funders in central and local government, enterprise development agencies, training providers and representative bodies (industry and sector) are using workforce planning to help understand the present and future skills landscape and in particular to ensure the supply of skills in the pipeline will meet future labour market demands. 

In addition, it is essential that people are investing in the right skills to meet individual and industry needs.

How we can help with skills and workforce modelling and planning

We use proven methodologies and experienced teams to deliver:

  • Skills policy and programme evaluation: the evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of funded programmes and interventions to determine if the original objectives have been achieved.
  • Workforce strategies at a sector and employer level: assessing the skills needed and to identify areas of priority focus, the costs and timelines.
  • Skills - supply mapping: Mapping of existing employment and skills landscape, including training provision by geography  qualifications ,sector, sub-sector, occupational groups and competencies.
  • Skills - demand modelling: Forecasting of skills requirements to meet employer needs (estimating future demand for skills), drawing on published forecasts and informed by consultation and devising growth and skills scenarios.
  • Identifying gaps between supply and demand.
  • Action planning and resultant actions needed with stakeholder buy- in.

Our experience

We have a strong track record in delivering skills and workforce modelling and planning consulting, including:

  • strategies at sector level e.g. Marine economy, engineering, advanced manufacturing, construction and health professionals, professional sales, strategic export marketing and international business communication skills;
  • strategies at varying scale/geographic level - ranging from local government areas to devolved administrations across the UK and Ireland;
  • process and impact evaluation of programmes designed to solve current gaps in the UK market e.g. cyber security apprenticeships programme; postgraduate bursaries scheme; and return to work programmes for health professionals; and
  • design and evaluation of leadership/management programmes such as digital leadership; procurement management; graduate development programmes and management succession programmes.

Our approach

Our specialist team of researchers, evaluators, statisticians and workforce modellers utilise a variety of methods to deliver results to our clients. These include rapid reviews of existing policies, analysing available data on skills supply and demand (all levels and specialisms) supplemented with business surveys and stakeholder consultations, and using our knowledge of labour economics to understand and forecast workforce needs. We also have access to best practice knowledge and networks regarding interventions that have worked on various skills issues both across the UK and internationally.

To find out more about how our team can provide you with the evidence base you need to inform future decision making, or how we can support you in ensuring the supply and future pipeline of skills being delivered by training providers meets future skills, please contact Jenny Irwin.