Friday - February 10, 2017

Company praised for its work with apprentices.

Bayer receives Investment in Training award for third year running

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Pictured at the front with the award are apprentices Isobella Groves-Way, Michael Heather, and Ollie Lang all of whom are in their second year with Bayer. Behind them, left to right, are: Bayer talent expert, Leanne Taylor; Rachel Eaves, West Berkshire Training Consortium; Bayer UK/Ireland CEO, Alexander Moscho; and Melissa Strong, from Bayer’s Commercial Operations Management division.

Newbury, 10 February, 2017: Bayer has been given an Investment in Training Excellence Award for the third year running after continuing to help apprentices and work learners onto the career ladder.


The award was presented in Newbury, by West Berkshire Training Consortium (WBTC), the organisation which provides training for a range of Modern Apprenticeship Programmes and supplies commercial training to employers, including Bayer.


Bayer currently has five apprentices working in a variety of roles, three of them procured through WBTC, and a number of them have been taken on for a second year after performing well in their first year.  


Melissa Strong, from Bayer’s Commercial Operations Management division, a part of the business which has taken on several apprentices in the last three years, said: “Apprentices and young learners continue to provide a real contribution to our business, and in line with our mission, values and brand are all encouraged to develop their careers.”


Bayer UK/Ireland CEO, Alexander Moscho, said: “At Bayer people are given the opportunity to explore the company, find the position which suits them best and to make an impact.  The world is facing many challenges, and by being part of a leading life science company in the UK and globally, they have the chance to help tackle those challenges and improve people’s lives, both today and in the future.  It is essential that we continuously work on building the most capable teams to help fulfil our mission ‘Science for a Better Life’.  Part of it involves nurturing our own talent, part is to attract the right experienced people, and part of it is to continue to support young learner schemes.”


The managing director of West Berkshire Training Consortium (WBTC), Matt Garvey, added: “Bayer is a highly respected employer that many young people will no doubt know and have ambitions to work for. The company’s current apprentices have enjoyed outstanding employment and training and I know that they have become valued and loyal members of staff.


“The level of support and care that Bayer demonstrate towards their apprentices is exemplary and they fully deserve their Certificate of Excellence because they are an excellent employer.”

Apprentice, Isobella Groves-Way, who is currently part of the internal communications team, said:


“During the past year, my role has involved organising and promoting internal events and writing and posting stories to our intranet.  I’ve also played an active role in communicating details to colleagues regarding our move to Reading.


“In addition to this, I am now taking a specific role helping our Animal Health business and will be branching out into public relations later in the year. Bayer has been incredibly supportive and has pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of, so it’s been a great learning experience.”




Notes to editors:

Bayer: Science For A Better Life


Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to



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