Seminar: Workforce Planning in Manufacturing
Date: Thursday 26th April
Location: Manchester
Helping you create and maintain cost efficient shift patterns

This event will focus on how to design, implement and manage shift patterns within a manufacturing environment and will be invaluable for anyone looking to:

  • Reduce labour costs, boost productivity, eliminate overtime and minimise reliance on agency workers.
  • Create more flexible resourcing models that respond to demand volatility, seasonality and help you remain competitive in uncertain times.
  • Create appealing and flexible patterns for diverse demographics that support recruitment and retention and strengthen employer brand.
  • Improve employee work-life balance and reduce health & safety risks such as long-hours working and associated fatigue-related issues
  • Maintain compliance with Working Time regulations, legislation such as the National Living Wage, ethical supplier audits and the handling of employee data under GDPR rules.
  • Use Annualised Hours and Demand-Led Rostering systems to replace ‘precarious’ forms of employment (e.g. zero hour contracts) with full-time secure roles.
  • Create simplified, modernised systems and processes to reduce administration and minimise risks.

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The Agenda

Morning sessions

Welcome & Introduction: ‘Piecing together the puzzle’

Nigel Maxfield, Senior Account Manager, Working Time Solutions

Improving productivity & worker wellbeing: Examining common organisational challenges and how new working patterns can help overcome them. Key themes include exploring the impact of Brexit, maintaining compliance with Working Time regulations and managing the National Living Wage rise for shift workers.

Working time change: ‘Working time fundamentals’

Martin Gee, Director, Working Time Solutions

Martin will provide an overview of the fundamental calculations and principles associated with designing, implementing and managing efficient shift patterns and rosters, including an analysis of supply and demand. This session will also take a high level look at lean employee resourcing, design options / considerations, and working time change project methodology.

Case study – Pladis Global

Andy Moffatt, Global Manufacturing Systems Analyst, Pladis Global

‘The perfect shift pattern’

Andy will be describing how Pladis Global’s working time change project enabled them to design shift patterns that accurately cover variability in demand while reducing long-hours working and associated fatigue-related issues.

Afternoon sessions

Group Exercise

Rob Crossman, Director, Working Time Solutions

Shift pattern planning and how technology can be used to support the design process

Optimising working time systems – “the art of the possible”

Dave Cromack, Lead Consultant, Working Time Solutions

Having implemented new ways of working across numerous projects, Dave will detail a range of shift design principles, shift patterns and ways of working that have delivered significant organisational benefit. From understanding “true demand” and employee work-life balance, Dave will provide an overview of concepts such as Demand-Led Rostering, Lean Employee Resourcing and Annualised Hours that support effective shift design and management while reducing reliance on overtime and agency workers. Dave will demonstrate how these systems can enable organisations to replace ‘precarious’ forms of employment (e.g. zero-hour contracts) with full-time secure roles.  

How to book:

Delegate fee: £75 + VAT & Booking Fee (Total cost £96.44)

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If you have any questions, or would prefer to pay via invoice, please call 0161 720 5050 or email

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