Workforce Architects™ Program
Interested in building your skills and practice in workforce planning & development?
Become a Workforce Architect & join an international community by registering for the Global Workforce Architects Program!
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Workforce Architects develops and networks people from around the world who want to address and solve current and future workforce issues and problems.
Answers to your Questions
What is a Workforce Architect?
Workforce Architects assist enterprises, organisations, industry sectors, regions and countries in undertaking workforce planning and development. They may play an internal consultancy role or work with clients, customers and partners in providing workforce management services.
They gather and consider evidence on workforce implications across the full picture. Analysing the workforce at this time, identifying what you want into the future and evaluating the gaps.
With a breadth and depth of knowledge, Workforce Architects know about many different approaches to address the gaps and they coach others to achieve practical outcomes.
Negotiating timelines, inspiring the workforce, ensuring there is ongoing review, and always looking to the next workforce and the next plan, Workforce Architects are experts in workforce planning and development, talent planning and pipelining.
Who are Workforce Architects?
People who want to develop or update a workforce plan within their own enterprise/organisation such as Business Owners/Managers, Human Resource, Training and Organisational Development practitioners.
Intermediaries who may be advising and supporting enterprises/organisations to undertake workforce development and planning such as TVET or Vocational Education and Training (VET) Practitioners, Industry Skills Fund or Service Skill Organisation advisors, Small-Medium Enterprise and Regional Development Australia advisors.
Facilitators of Economic, Industry and Regional Development who want to produce an evidence based workforce plan for a council/shire, industry association/sector, infrastructure project, region or country.
What are the levels of Workforce Architects?
Like most capabilities workforce planning and development has different levels and for this program they are outlined below:
- Bronze – understanding workforce development and planning concepts/definitions/terms and the basic process for developing a workforce plan; models and tools for workforce planning.
- Silver – development of a workforce plan for an enterprise or organisation; workforce measurement and analysis; workforce development strategies; forecasting workforce demand and supply.
- Gold – development of a workforce plan for a project, network, industry, region or community involving multiple stakeholders and enterprises/organisations.
- Platinum – collaborating with Workforce BluePrint as a Workforce Architect Partner (under licence); working with enterprises, organisations, groups/teams/networks/consortia, across industry sectors, regions and communities.
- International – endorsement for experience in different countries.
How do I become a Workforce Architect?
Register for the next Global Workforce Architects Program (delivered digital+live) starting on 5th April 2016.
All potential Workforce Architects are encouraged to undertake a Skills profile self-assessment.
You can access the Workforce Plan Generator , supported by instructional videos on how to use the tool, to produce an organisational workforce plan.
Additional coaching and mentoring support is available on an hourly basis with access to further development opportunities including effectively engage employers and industry (coaching over 2 weeks or 1 day intensive workshop).
Global Workforce Architects Program explained
What will I learn?
Learning outcomes for the Global Workforce Architect Program include:
- Developing skills and practice in workforce planning and development
- Utilising human resource information to formulate a strategic workforce plan
- Building consultancy capabilities with an understanding of workforce, careers, jobs and skills shifts into the future
- Undertaking training needs analysis and skills profiling
- Implementing workforce development and success strategies
- Managing diverse and flexible workforces, organisation development and people performance
- Providing leadership and extending creative thinking skills
- Joining a global community who are focused on solving workforce problems and applying vocational education and training as one solution
What are you paying for?
The Global Workforce Architects Program is run over 6 weeks and includes video content delivered via email from Tuesday-Fridays.
Every Monday there is a live webinar where you can #AskWorkforceArchitects to help answer your workforce questions.
Over the 6 weeks you will learn a systematised approach to workforce planning and development with access to the Workforce Plan Generator so you can produce a workforce plan if you wish.
The program begins with an online skills self-assessment which will help to identify your strengths and gaps to focus on over the 6 weeks. You learning will be supported by a downloadable Guide to Workforce Planning and Development, access to a secret Facebook group and coaching sessions.
Alongside the online group coaching sessions via live webinar, you’ll have a bonus 2 hours of one on one coaching if you are the first person in your region to sign up. These sessions will be negotiated with you to fit in with your schedule and when you need them.
At the end of the program you will be invited to join the Global Workforce Architects community where you’ll find connections and resources. When you have completed your first robust workforce plan, you’ll be able to gain the relevant Workforce Architects level and to maintain accreditation, participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. These activities can be anything you are already undertaking that is relevant to the field of workforce planning and development.
What if your workplace doesn’t support you to undertake this program?
You may see this as a challenge and the program works equally well for people working on a workforce plan for their own organisations or another.
This could be just the opportunity to show initiative, develop valuable skills, show what you can do and gain insight into a variety of organisations, industry sectors and regions.
As the content is delivered flexibly, you can access the materials and resources whenever it suits you.
You may be happy to undertake the project without the support of your workplace, as you see it as an investment in your own future and, hopefully, a benefit you can bring to your organisation in time.
How can building a workforce plan, without an organisation as a focus, be achievable?
If you can’t use your own organisation to build a workforce plan consider who else could you do this for – think laterally and perhaps there is an organisation you are aware of which would value and benefit from this project. This might be a charity or not for profit organisation that you I could approach.
Completing a workforce plan is not absolutely necessary for the program, more for the accreditation as a Workforce Architect.
What is the actual accreditation and how is it recognised?
Certification as a Workforce Architect is achieved by completing the program at each level and undertaking an assessment – this provides you with practical steps, tools and an evidence based approach to workforce planning and development.
Badges are gained for each skill set, industry sector, region and/or country as well as levels that the Workforce Architect has evidence for against the assessment.
Workforce Architects™ is mapped to units of competency from Australian National Training Packages – a competency map can be provided upon request.
Workforce BluePrint uses Open Badge Factory to recognise and celebrate learning. This provides a meaningful and sustainable Open Badges system based upon an open standard developed by the Mozilla Foundation to recognise, validate and demonstrate learning that happens anywhere.
Open Badges are digital credentials, created and issued by organisations such as schools, vocational organisations, companies and employers for their students, members, staff, clients or partners.
Upon completion of the Global Workforce Architects Program you will be issues with a badge and then the next step is to submit a robust workforce plan for recognition at the relevant Workforce Architect level.
As you continue to build your capabilities through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) you will be able to gain badges to reflect your skills and experience.
What if we are interested in Workforce Planning and Development for an Enterprise or Organisation?
If you wish to TAKE ACTION to transform your workforce, you can develop or update an enterprise workforce plan in 6 weeks through coaching and mentoring with the delivery of the program digitally. Alternatively, the program content can be delivered via a 3 day intensive workshop.
Training Needs Analysis is an important skill set for Workforce Architects working within organisations with the Fast-Track Training Needs Analysis program delivered digitally over 3 weeks or as a 1.5 day intensive workshop.
If workforce planning and development is totally new to you and you don’t have any experience considering beginning with Workforce Planning Essentials.
What if we are interested in Workforce Planning and Development for an Industry or Region?
If you are working on a workforce plan for an industry or region then the Industry &/or Regional Workforce Plan in 12 weeks is for you. This program is delivered digitally over 12 weeks or intensively via a face to face workshop over 3 days with coaching and mentoring support.
Where you might be working with multiple organisations in an industry sector or region, you can access the Workforce Plan Generator for associations.
Can a Workforce Architects Program be run for us?
If an association, organisation, industry, region or country wishes to have a Workforce Architects™ program designed specifically for your needs, and you have a number of people interested, then a quote can be provided via email@example.com.
How do I get to be a Global Workforce Architect Partner?
To become a partner you’ll need to complete the Global Workforce Architects Program and this is something to discuss with Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry.
You can Express your Interest here and we’ll be in touch with your shortly.
What should I do next?
Listen to the new Workforce Architects podcast. A bit about the person and a bit about the topic – from economic and regional development, entrepreneurship and innovation, technical vocational education training and VET, workforce planning and development.
Check out when the next Workforce Architects network event is planned, join the Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn, follow @WorkforcePlan on Twitter and like the Workforce BluePrint Facebook page.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about upcoming programs starting soon.