Roke launches The Roke Academy in partnership with Hatch to address the UK’s digital skills gap and enable new talent into technical careers

London, 22nd July 2022 – Roke, a leading UK innovator in science and engineering, has launched The Roke Academy as part of its strategy for scalable growth. The Academy, supported by Hatch, welcomes 24 new candidates to the business who will embark on an intensive six-month training programme before transitioning into their permanent roles with Roke.

In the face of ‘the war for talent’, the Academy focuses on developing transferable life skills and a passion for technology, to create an alternate, fully inclusive pathway into employment for those that might otherwise have faced barriers-to-entry. For example, individuals who have found the traditional recruitment process a challenge, are returning to work after a break, transitioning from military and law enforcement service, or looking for a change of career.

Targeting the national technical skills gap, The Roke Academy will provide high quality training in key technology areas and the supporting skills needed to deliver it effectively. To demonstrate its commitment, and the value Roke places on its employees, all candidates will be salaried Roke employees throughout the programme.

Kickstarted by three months of Software Engineering training, learners will then move into a safe project space where the opportunity for positive failure encourages independent learning and working. They will then work on three increasingly complex projects, building and finally delivering real world solutions to solve future customer problems. On graduation, learners take on their permanent roles as Software Engineers.

Paul MacGregor, Roke Managing Director commented:

“Diversity is a strength, something to be celebrated and we’re committed to making Roke an inclusive and equal place where people from all walks of life can thrive and solve the critical problems our customers face.”

“The Roke Academy provides the opportunity to attract new candidates who may have faced barriers to work for a variety of reasons. We will support these diverse individuals who can bring unique strengths to our business in terms of creativity, analysis, innovation and leadership to then progress in their chosen field.”

Chris Peel, Hatch CEO commented:

“We’re delighted to be supporting Roke on their strategy for scalable growth and their commitment to empowering diverse talent from non-traditional career backgrounds into meaningful employment with their business. At Hatch, we’re passionate about opportunity creation, levelling the playing field and getting talent into the careers of their dreams, and we need progressive employers like Roke to make that possible.”

Notes for Editors


For more information, please contact:

Xanthe Marmion

Head of Communications at Hatch

M: +44 (0)7507 488924


About Hatch

Hatch exists to solve the digital skills gap and drive positive social change.

We’re offering the market an alternative model for success that’s more innovative, more inclusive and more effective than traditional training and recruitment methods. It’s this model that enables us to find talent in the people and places where nobody else is thinking to look.

Through our innovation, we’re breaking down barriers into the technology industry, unlocking value in diverse, undiscovered talent, fast-tracking their development for high-demand digital skills, and placing our graduates into exciting new careers across our network.

About Roke

Roke is a leading UK innovator in science and engineering. For over 60 years we’ve been improving the world through innovation by combining the physical and digital in new ways. Our journey began in defence but as the decades have rolled on, we’re also inventing and engineering technically advanced data and communication systems in national security and for Fortune 500 companies.

From innovations in computer vision powering the autonomous landing of a drone at sea, to an artificial intelligence inspection system that drastically reduces aircraft turnaround times by autonomously inspecting jet turbines. Right through to the technology behind Hawk-Eye tracking the trajectory of balls in sport. It all began at Roke.

Roke people are curious and unashamedly technical. That’s why we’ve fostered an environment where some of the world’s finest minds have the time, trust and freedom to succeed. Our team of 600+ engineers are uniquely placed to use their deep knowledge of sensors, communications, cyber and AI to combine and apply these technologies to keep people safe whilst unlocking value.

Working closely with our customers we solve real world technical challenges and help deliver critical missions. As a trusted partner, we welcome any problem confident that our consulting, research, innovation and product development will help them revolutionise and improve their world.

We’re proud to be part of the Chemring Group plc, providing us with complementary expertise, corporate strength and access to international markets for our world-leading intellectual property. 

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