Workforce Development Plan

There are a variety of tools available to help individuals and companies in their efforts to plan their skilled workforce needs. Creating a skill workforce plan does not have to be a time intensive exercise.

A workforce development plan requires forecasting your business’s growth, direction and deciding on the right strategies to attract, develop and retain employees. A workforce plan need not be over-complicated but to develop sufficiently requires data on existing employees age, skill sets, time in industry and an understanding of any current workforce issues. This will help an employer get a better understanding of their current capabilities and capacities as well as aid in forecasting their future employment and training needs

Importantly, as training is often wrongly neglected as an unnecessary or unaffordable expense, it is essential to identify the risks of not putting appropriate measures in place that addresses either current or future skill gaps.

The following links below have been adopted from the South Australian Government’s Skills For All: Employer Resource Kit (2012), a booklet designed to help businesses prepare a simple workforce plan using the often used My Business Workforce Plan template. The links provided are helpful in helping an employer identify skill gaps and identify training initiatives that will future-proof your business.

While the list is not exhaustive, these tools include:                                                                                              



Skills Connect

offers workforce planning resources including some templates to help you develop a plan


Skills in the Workplace

provides government funding and subsidies for skills urgently needed by South Australian industries and enterprises


The Workforce Wizard

helps with workforce planning by creating up-to-date workforce information in reports and data tables. You can create your own reports, and compare information on different industries, regions and occupations


Standards Australia & SA Government, Training and Skills Commission.

HB 299 Workforce Planning. A Standards Australia Guide for Organisations. March 2008. These guidelines provide an overview of a simple and proven approach to incorporating workforce planning into normal business practise.                                                                                                                  


SA Government’s Skills for All Employer Resource Kit

provides a guide to workforce planning and development using the My Business Workforce Plan template.                       



Finally, deciding on a training program that addresses skill gaps or increases productivity, safety etc. does not have to be a time consuming task. Making contact with a local RTO that specialises in your industry is an ideal first step. RTOs can provide your company with strategies to address your areas of concern and can often provide help in availing of government-funded training where available.