Apprenticeship at Roche goes digital

Software for collaboration, virtual reality training or working with robot cells - the apprenticeship at Roche is becoming more and more digital and offers the apprentices many benefits during their time at Roche. What they all are, we reveal to you in this article.

Collaborative learning platforms during the apprenticeship

In the course of advancing digitalization and increasing sustainability awareness, the term "paperless office" is also coming more and more to the fore. Going paperless is a great way to speed up document access, improve organization, ensure document security, save time, and enable document sharing across the company and around the world. Of course, this kind of (collaborative) work also exists at Roche.

Apprentices are thus actively challenged to organize teamwork in a virtual space and to develop learning content on their own. Via a platform, it is possible to work collaboratively on a topic with other apprentices across time and location boundaries and to exchange tips and suggestions. In addition, a collaborative learning platform can be used by trainers to guide apprentices in classroom events or to create their own content.

Virtual & augmented reality during the apprenticeship


Digitalization is changing the way we work and interact with the environment. New technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms or 3D scans allow us to become part of a virtual reality that is still in the making. Using virtual reality glasses or via smartphones and tablets, employees can immerse themselves in simulated worlds and examine them. This results in a wide range of applications for laboratory technician training.

By using VR & AR in the company, our apprentices can acquire required skills independently. This also serves to prepare virtual training measures in the company. The use of virtual reality training creates a particularly efficient and sustainable learning environment for the apprentices. Virtual reality technology can nowadays also be used flexibly and decentrally, for example on stationary (e.g. computer) or mobile devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone), in the training lab, in the training room or on the road.

Let's go digital: Virtual trade show & 360° tour


The current pandemic does not allow us to hold fairs or events in presence. The solution: online events. With the help of live chats or video meetings, personal contact can be established with fair visitors. They can move digitally through an event hall, visit a desired booth and obtain the information they need on-demand at any time. The use of 360 ° guided tours further enhances a live event. Such a virtual tour uses real images of the building or site, so the visitor has the feeling of being right there - a unique experience.

You want to take a virtual tour through the Penzberg training center? No problem, this way!

Apprenticeships in the digital transformation

Digitalization continues to advance in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well, so that following the modernization of the "chemical technician" training occupation in 2018, the "training regulations for biology and chemistry laboratory technicians" have now also been revised accordingly in 2020. One major innovation: the new elective qualification "Digitalization in research, development, analytics and production". This enables companies to respond to digital change processes with foresight and training departments to present themselves as innovation drivers by teaching junior staff digital skills such as working in virtual teams, running simulations or handling digital data at an early stage. This new content is already an integral part of training for chemical technicians as well as biology and chemistry lab assistants at the Penzberg site.

Automation through robotic cell


The future of industry is becoming increasingly autonomous. Autonomous systems are also increasingly being used at Roche in Mannheim and at other sites spread around the globe. That is why it is important to be prepared for this change with qualified specialists.

Apprentices in the professions of electronics technician for automation technology, industrial mechanic and mechatronics technician can already gain initial programming experience with robots. In order to provide them with a broad spectrum for future employment opportunities, the courses are designed in such a way that the apprentices are initially introduced to the robot and the programming language through basic programming tasks. In addition to programming skills, they also gain experience in handling complex production systems such as those in use at Roche. Learn more!

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