I recently attended a APC Glasgow brief at our unit. We were briefed in no uncertain terms the following: IS ENGR and SYS ENG TECH WILL amalgamate in the first quarter of 2008. ED and Tech Installation will amalgamate. Their will be opportunity for those parts of the signals that have a skill set in demand to continue further than 22 years. Yeoman, Foreman and SUpervisor trades where stated as the probable trades. Unfortunately due to Training and Development not being present their wasnt a lot of concrete information regarding how the trades will stream from class 1 to Supervisor/Foreman level. Makes some of us glad to already be past that stage. I reckon promotion may slow. Hopefully the process for keeping poeple in will be more rigorous than most of the current continuance candidates that have been accepted.