Roche opens its doors on National Future Day

Basel, 09 November 2011

Youngsters aged 10 to 16 get to spend a day at work with their parents

On 10 November, Switzerland’s National Future Day, Roche will be inviting employees’ children for an inside look at what it’s like to work at Roche. Children will be able to accompany their parents to work and find out more about their jobs. The youngsters will also have a chance - free of gender stereotypes - to learn more about jobs and possible career paths.

“We’ve organised a special event entitled ‘From Molecule to Medicine’ to give the children a vivid picture of the work their parents do,” says Matthias M. Baltisberger, Head of the Basel Site. “In an entertaining, hands-on way, they’ll discover what a molecule is and how chemical active ingredients are transformed into medicines. The ability to arouse enthusiasm and curiosity plays an essential role in young people’s career choices.”

Career development at Roche

Roche sets great store in fostering talent, which is why it provides top-class training to young people in around 400 apprenticeships at its sites in Switzerland. In addition, about 250 students complete an internship each year, and over 1000 schoolchildren and students benefit from guided tours and educational presentations providing insights into the company’s various areas of activity. What is more, through its continued support for foundations like Simply Science and Schweizer Jugend forscht and its partnerships with organizations like the Swiss Talent Forum, Roche enables young people to engage creatively with new and unifying elements in art, science and technology.

Roche in Switzerland

As one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, Roche employs over 10,000 people in Switzerland. The company is a key economic player in Switzerland with annual research and development expenditure of more than 2 billion francs and infrastructure investments of over 400 million francs a year.