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Factsheet:

Succession planning

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This factsheet was last updated in October 2015.

What is succession planning?

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing potential future leaders or senior managers, as well as individuals to fill other business-critical positions, either in the short- or the long-term. In addition to training and development activities, succession planning programmes typically include the provision of practical, tailored work experience relevant for future senior or key roles.

It’s possible for succession planning schemes to include individual senior or key positions or to take a more generic approach targeting a ‘pool’ of positions for which similar skills are required.

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