Upgrading capability to get fit for the future
A UK workforce transformation programme to invest in and upgrade our capability and get the right people into the right jobs was a key priority in 2016. The programme re-scoped and increased to circa 450 posts, resulting in 40% of middle management being upskilled and new talent being recruited into the business in the three largest UK Business Lines (Workwear, Healthcare and Hospitality). Those stepping into new roles will begin tailored professional development programmes to get fit for the future and grow the business.
We have also moved to a Business Line structure in 2016. In doing this, we have appointed senior managers across Europe and the UK to deliver and effectively execute our new business strategy.
Understanding and deepening our skills
As a result of the changes to our workforce and structure, we will continue to invest in our leadership development programmes and will roll‑out talent and capability programmes to all employees. To complement this focus on leadership development, we have created a new leadership capability framework which is aligned with the Berendsen core values. We will maintain our management trainee programmes across the business to ensure we nurture a skilled talent pipeline.
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