Case Study

Building a Strategic Tech Talent Pipeline with Roke

Developing The Roke Academy, a scalable model currently delivering 100+ software developers per year into the business.

When Roke made the decision to establish The Roke Academy, we needed a partner in every sense of the word. Hatch perfectly matched our own entrepreneurial culture and impatience to build the best programme possible.

The result has been the establishing of a long term investment to find and employ previously undiscovered talent in support of Roke and Roke’s customer missions. Hatch have demonstrated a leading combination of recruitment reach; empathy; enthusiasm; training skills; support and collaboration and we could not have established The Roke Academy without this.

The Challenge

In the face of ever-growing customer demand for their DV-cleared tech consultants, and in parallel a desire to retain the ‘Rokie’ culture when hiring new digital talent on-scale, Roke was seeking a strategic talent partner with which to develop their own in-house Academy.

The Academy would need to:

  • Provide a new & consistent source of entry-level tech talent to meet their growing customer demand
  • Identify talent from diverse, non-traditional ‘techie’ backgrounds that had the right transferable skills, matched the ‘Rokie’ culture and was eligible for security clearance up to DV level status
  • Combine custom technical & soft skills development with an ‘embedded learning’ phase to prove the new hires’ ability to apply their skills to real-life projects at Roke
  • Be capable of scaling to 100+ new hires per year, phased into regular cohorts of 25 that deliver talent into their regional office locations

The Solution

Hiring to the ‘Rokie’ Persona

Hatch worked with Roke to synthesise the essential elements of the ‘Rokie’ culture, and built an assessment framework to identify their desired behaviours & characteristics in applicants, as well as transferable technical skills.

Phasing the Curriculum

We developed at 24-week curriculum phased into ‘Learning’ & ‘Embedded Learning’, working hand-in-hand with Roke to ensure that the skills their developers needed to be successful were not only learnt, but could be applied to Roke’s business environment

Custom Learning Agreement

To ensure the Academy graduates met the ‘Rokie’ standard from day-one of their deployment, we worked with Roke to develop a rigorous Learning Agreement comprising data-driven reporting, 1-2-1s, candidate feedback and more, reassuring Roke stakeholders at every milestone that the candidates were both progressing and performing.

The Results

  • Scaled to 100+ developers per year delivered across the business
  • Hatch’s support has extended beyond the Academy to both Roke’s graduate hiring and upskilling/reskilling agendas
  • 97% of the Roke Academy graduates have met the pre-approved standard for the role on the day of graduation
  • Scope to scale the solution further in order to create a ‘Rokie’ standard for National Security & Defence tech talent for deployment across the wider business group, its customers and its supply chain

For more information on The Roke Academy, you can visit Roke’s website below:

“Wow. What an amazing journey.

I’m coming up to my one-year mark. In that time, I completed 6 months through the Academy, and then I was onboarded into an innovation team within Roke. Now I’m on to my current project which is fantastic.

I have even been promoted to a Senior Engineer which is a massive of achievement in that time. And I’m a Scrum Master for my project team.

This process presented the opportunity to combine my lifelong hobby with my professional policing experience, and a genuine interest in serving and giving back to the public.

It's been an amazing journey.

Take every opportunity to join an Academy. It doesn't matter how much previous experience you've got. It doesn't matter how old you are. It's such a diverse community, just embrace it.”

About Hatch

Hatch is more than a business. It’s a mindset.

We believe in the value of human potential, and we know exactly how to unlock it.    

We’re providing the world’s leading tech companies with the tools to buck out-dated hiring practices and embrace true inclusion, augmenting their digital workforces by embracing diverse talent that’s often invisible to CV-led hiring.   

We think differently

Because talent develops in the most unexpected of places

Today’s digital talent develops in non-traditional ways, often invisible to out-dated hiring practices. But we’ve found it.

We engage with these passionate self-starters differently, turning our backs on CVs in favour of assessment-led hiring that proves their potential, and providing them with the opportunities that the rest of the industry has denied them.

What their CV would have told us

Solving the digital skills gap

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