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Interview with Connor Bottomley

At Roche AV we have a proud history of taking on apprentices and giving them the skills to build a successful career with us. Over the past 20 years we have taken on many apprentices and seen them grow with us and become important members of the Roche family. In April this year, working closely with Calderdale College, we took on Connor Bottomley as a Digital Marketing Apprentice. Connor is local to the area having attended The Brooksbank School which is just round the corner from our Headquarters in Elland, West Yorkshire.
I recently sat down and talked with him about his experiences so far within the AV industry, his role at Roche and his ambitions for the future…

What made you choose a career in the AV industry?
Well I had little knowledge of the industry prior to getting the job; I have been interested in marketing since school and was put in contact with Roche through the apprentice scheme.

Upon getting the role, what were your first impressions of the AV world?
It was much bigger than I thought it would be! I didn’t realise some of the tech I used in school had been supplied by the company I now work for!

What have you learnt during your time with Roche?
I have picked up a lot of knowledge about the products we sell and who we deal with. Working in marketing I am responsible for sending out e-shots and dealing with our large customer database, as well as updating the website with all our latest promotions and innovations.

Are there any products you have really liked working with?
I had some training on various touchscreens and they were really fun to use and definitely better than the whiteboards I had to use in school!

What support have you received from Roche?
They have given me plenty of training on products and also encouraged me to use my initiative when I am working. The office is always really busy so even though it is intense it has helped me pick up new skills quickly.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship within the industry?
Go for it! It’s a great environment to work in and you get to work with some great products. Roche are also helping me get a broad skill set so I have plenty of options going forward.

And finally what are your ambitions for the future?
I am focused on completing my apprenticeship whilst picking up as many skills as possible in the office. I have already learnt a lot and enjoy the work I do. There are a lot of experienced people at Roche who started in a similar position to me, so it is a great place for me to learn and hopefully one day I will be passing my knowledge onto an apprentice!

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By Alex Taylor | October 2017