Where young talent meets Top UK Employer

Four years ago, we launched our first pilot apprentice scheme. Since then, we have created a pool of engineering apprentices dedicated to field engineering support in pathology labs.

We are proud to share the success of Beth, our first engineering apprentice, who graduated with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Upon completing her apprenticeship, Beth has been appointed as Engineering Product Specialist, one of the first steps of our technical career path, swapping her field-based engineering role for a position in the Regional Customer Service Centre in Burgess Hill, UK.

Our impact

We sponsor young people to gain commercial and technical expertise with a world leader in healthcare and technology. We support students in gaining first-hand experience with state of the art equipment, whilst financially supporting them with study fees, a salary and added benefits. In return for our investment, we benefit from a pool of product-trained talent who are competent with our equipment upon graduation.

The place to Work

Apprentices like Beth have been involved in many on-site activities from installing analysers to providing modification and corrective visits. Beth has helped in promoting the Roche apprentice scheme in schools, thereby encouraging students to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as a career. As a result, Beth has developed her presentation skills and confidence in delivering talks to large audiences. Last year, Beth was also featured in a highly successful social media campaign demonstrating that “you don’t need a degree to work here” and showcasing the diversity of the roles at Roche.

Our culture

Beth had never heard of Roche before coming across our apprenticeship scheme, but our core values of courage, passion and integrity really struck a chord with her. As an apprentice, Beth rotated between multiple technical field support teams to assist in providing first-class customer service. This gave her the opportunity to experience first-hand how cross-team collaboration underpins everything we do at Roche.

Beth has enjoyed a mix of learning on-the-job from engineering experts whilst attending college on a part-time basis. Through this progressive immersion into our working environment, she has been able to continuously increase her engineering skills and steadily build her confidence to reach the “proud moment” when she was able “to diagnose a technical fault and troubleshoot before the specialist engineer arrived on site”.

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