Pharmacy apprentice

Pharmacy Apprenticeships: What you need to know

Pharmacy Apprenticeships are an excellent platform for school leavers wanting to get ahead start in the world of work. Do you want to continue learning but also want a job? With a pharmacy Apprenticeship, you get the best of both worlds by doing both.

What do pharmacy Apprenticeships involve?

Pharmacy Apprenticeship includes a mixture of classroom study and practical on the job training enabling you to obtain a nationally recognised qualification, vital work experience and highly sought skills… oh and did we mention you also get paid!! If you’re looking for a new beginning, then a pharmacy Apprenticeship could be just what you’re looking for.

Pharmacy Apprenticeships

A pharmacy is where medication is stored, dispensed and prepared. Let’s look at what Apprenticeship vacancies are available in a pharmacy:

Pharmacy Assistant – Pharmacy assistants assist pharmacists with admin duties within a pharmacy such as answering phone calls, handling money, stocking shelves and cleaning pharmacy equipment.

Dispensary Assistant – Dispensary assistant prepare and supply over the counter medicine and prescription medication. You will also advise patients on any queries regarding medication and health and lifestyle issues.

Pharmacy Technician – A pharmacy technician is a more advanced role within a pharmacy. You’ll do many of the roles as listed above along with technical roles such as choosing the correct medicine and dosage for a prescription, handling confidential patient details, creating instruction labels for medications, weighing liquids and counting out tablets referring to GP’s guidelines.

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Skills needed for pharmacy Apprenticeships

Pharmacy Apprenticeships will equip you with a broad range of skills from being quick and accurate when dispensing medication to computer literacy and possessing excellent communication skills with the ability to prioritise your workload.

Who could I work for?

There are a wide range of pharmacies that offer Apprenticeships you could be working at Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds Pharmacy, Rowlands and many more.

Apprenticeship standards

There are two qualification levels for a pharmacy Apprenticeship:

  • Pharmacy Services Assistant – Level 2
  • Pharmacy Technician – Level 3
Pharmacy Apprenticeships

How much could I be earning?

Although you may be earning less during your pharmacy Apprenticeship don’t forget that you’re gaining all the qualifications, skills and experience needed to succeed for free unlike your friends at university and once you’ve earnt the qualification you could be earning £14,000 to £31,000 as you become more experienced and progress.

Applying for pharmacy Apprenticeships

If you’re ready to kick-start your career in health care check out the Careermap website for a wide range of pharmacy support and technician Apprenticeships. Don’t worry if you can’t find any near you, simply register your CV online to be found by top employers and providers.


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