APA values inclusiveness and encourages a safe, high performance working culture, where the contributions of our people are harnessed and developed to achieve successful outcomes for the business. We are committed to building sustainable organisational capability that enables continued growth and development of our people and supports APA's strategic vision.
Since listing 16 years ago, our workforce has grown from six people to over 1,600 skilled people located across mainland Australia. Throughout FY2016, we continued to challenge our organisation with regards to effective and efficient organisational design and made structural and work practice changes through people, processes and systems to enhance our capability.
The skilled job market that APA operates in continues to be highly competitive and our ability to attract and retain a diverse range of talent remains critical as our business continues to grow.
Talented and skilled employees are central to creating value for our stakeholders and the more diverse the thinking and skills we apply to our business, the more innovative we can be in creating value and return for them. To this end, in FY2016 we piloted an Intern Program as well as launched our first Graduate Program. Both of these programs are fundamental to APA positioning itself to grow, develop and harness talent from an early entry point and providing wide and varied career paths to enable APA to continue to build sustainable organisational capability.
We continue to focus on growing and developing our people, as we recognise this is critical to our success. During FY2016, we supported the development and training requirements of our people through a range of compliance, technical, leadership and professional development programs totalling 5,277 attendances.
Our annual succession and talent review process continues to be a successful means of identifying critical role and capability requirements, as well as providing a healthy talent pool.
Diversity and inclusion
In FY2016, we continued our focus on key initiatives under our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy which was developed in 2014. Our strategy focuses on initiatives aligned to the strategic focus areas of improving diversity of thought, diversity of gender and diversity of age at APA. During the year, we achieved a number of critical initiatives to include promoting awareness and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce via our Diversity and Inclusion committee; facilitating career transition workshops; launching our Women In Leadership program; and new entry programs for graduates, interns and apprentices.