Succession planning is an important activity for the Group and a lot of work has been undertaken with managers, and as part of location presentations to employees, to identify those who might want to progress within the Company and step into alternative roles. Managers have been asked to identify members of their teams who they feel could step up and employees have also been asked to put themselves forward if they would like to be considered for alternative roles within the Company.

Once those people have been identified, their training needs are identified and appropriate training provision is made. This could be one of the programmes that are referred to in the training and development part of this report, or could be more specific skills training where we would source the most relevant training course to fulfil the training need.