The AME (Asia Middle East) Management Trainee Program was established two years ago to help find and develop future leaders for G4S and our region.

Our AME Management Trainee Program was established two years ago, to help us find and develop future leaders for G4S and our region, and I have been a strong advocate of this program from the outset.

This program is helping us to develop our internal talent pool, to enable us to fill key management roles by promoting people from within. Building and developing a continuous pipeline of talent is essential for business growth in our region, which includes many emerging markets, and in particular, we hope to identify Country Managers of the future. (Indeed, many of my colleagues on our Regional Executive Team started their careers in similar roles).

I started out as a Management Trainee, and found it significantly assisted my career advancement. It prepared me for a career in management, and from a very early stage gave me exposure to senior people and an exciting range of real work-related situations, including problems that required quick thinking and action.

I am excited to welcome Annika, and we hope other young, upwardly mobile talent will join us. G4S offers some exciting career opportunities – with a diverse range of businesses and service lines in the Asia Middle East region, there are a broad range of job roles available across 30 countries. For Management Trainees this means the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, gain unparalleled experience in different roles and within an MNC, and to work with people from different backgrounds, in different teams and at different levels.

I and other senior Execs in our region take a great interest in the development of our Management Trainees. So far the program has proved very successful, and we are looking forward to expanding it in 2016, to provide even more opportunities for young talent to join us from around the globe.