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Rokshaw Pharmaceuticals

Rokshaw Pharmaceuticals are achieving their ambitions of manufacturing their specialist medicines in-house after recruiting apprentices through a tailored programme designed by Sunderland College.

Rokshaw Pharmaceuticals are a leading provider of specialist medicines for individual patients’ unique prescription requirements. Historically Rokshaw’s manufacturing was outsourced, however in order to maintain control of their quality and service standards and grow the business, the decision was taken to build a specialist laboratory and bring manufacturing in-house. As the first and only manufacturer of such specialist medicines in Sunderland they were having difficulty in finding the right skills locally and working with Sunderland College, took the decision to start an apprenticeship programme.

Candidates underwent an initial training programme with the College prior to starting work to ensure they had the right attitude, were part-trained and possessed a good level of knowledge of the industry. The successful candidates were then enrolled onto relevant learning programmes so that they could continue their education whilst working. The success of the first wave of candidates has helped Rokshaw Pharmaceuticals to establish itself as a manufacturer and to grow its business. Rokshaw have undertaken the programme on two further occasions – a true testament to the success of the scheme. In addition, they have enrolled existing staff to training programmes supported by the College.

“We have been absolutely delighted with the partnership with Sunderland College and for a small, growing company the support in recruitment and training has been a huge support. Working
with the College to expand the team, and ensure we have the most skilled people possible, has been fantastic.”
Jonathan Hodgson, Director, Rokshaw Pharmaceuticals