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Workforce History:

Bachem Americas, Inc. in Torrance, is an international technology-based, public bio-chemicals company that has been providing full service to the pharma and biotech industry since 1971. Bachem specializes in the process development and the manufacturing of peptides and complex organic molecules as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), as well as innovative bio-chemicals for research purposes. With headquarters in Bubendorf, Switzerland and affiliates in Europe, the US and Asia, Bachem’s business practice overseas includes using apprenticeship programs as a hiring method.

Workforce Challenge:

Thus, when the SBWIB introduced its BioFlex initiative in early 2019 to develop preapprenticeship and registered apprenticeship career pathways for the Bio-Science Industry in the greater Los Angeles Region, Bachem volunteered to serve as chair on an advisory board called the Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (UAC) comprised of a consortium of industry stakeholders. Since undertaking the role of UAC Chair, Bachem has also assisted the SBWIB with supplying support letters for grants that contributed to the success of receiving millions in funding.

Outcomes & Benefits:

Bachem participates in the SBWIB Employment Training Panel program for upskilling incumbent workers, serves on the SBWIB Board and is a member of the Business, Technology & Economic Development Committee.

Bachem continues to work with the SBWIB’s special projects team to develop a Bio-Flex program for high school students that will include industry experiences at their facility to advance youth into Apprenticeships. They are also assisting in the development of teacher externship, which will take place in the near future.

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