In 2016 we made it a priority for all businesses but focused significant efforts on a small number where it was clear it made a material difference. These businesses shared ideas and reported their efforts quarterly. Additionally, a toolkit for HR practitioners is being developed which provides guidance on how to analyse the root causes of employee turnover as well as how to address them in a practical way.
The efforts and focus on retention have corresponded with a reduction in the percentage of voluntary turnover across the Group by 7.1% in 2016. The reduction was particularly noticeable in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East & India regions. No doubt the economic uncertainty in some countries played a part in this change, but we believe the relentless attention the businesses paid to attrition has been a positive factor. In 2017 we will continue our focus on retention but also look for ways to strengthen our recruitment activities using a similar toolkit and targeted approach.
A countrywide government initiative which aims to train 400 million people in different skills by 2022.
debating matters beyond bars: UK
A pioneering new prision initiative, held at HMP Birmingham, produced in partnership by the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, challenges teams of prisoners to engage each other in debate on a series of contemporary social, political, biomedical and cultural debates, encouraging them to think about the world around them, beyond bars.