The program introduces Workforce Planning (WFP) concepts and practices from an operational to a strategic level. Planning for, and having a workforce with the right skills, in the right positions, at the right time is the core objective of WFP. WFP is an area in which all organisations face challenges, and it has been identified as a high priority area by the Government of Laos.

In today’s rapidly and constantly changing environment, WFP is a critical capability. Organisations must adapt, react, and adjust continually to achieve their designated outcomes, meet expectations, and remain sustainable. This program will guide participants through the core concepts and methods of analysing current workforce requirements and forecasting potential future operating environments to plan for the workforce required to operate effectively now and into the future.

A core component of the program is the work-based project. Participants are required to produce a workforce plan directly related to a workforce issue in one of the ministries represented in the training program. There are four more facilitated workshops and the program will finish in early May 2021 and a final graduation ceremony where participants will present their work-based projects.

The training will be conducted from March through to early May 2021 and consists of five facilitated workshops. There are a total of 16 participants representing the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Education and Sports, and the Central Party Committee.

Workshop No 1, the introduction to WFP was held on 11 March at Crowne Plaza Hotel. This important event was co-chaired by Mr Souvanny Rattanavong, Director General of Department of Civil Service Management of MoHA and Mr Matthew Banks, First Secretary of Australian Embassy in Lao PDR.

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