Pharmacy apprenticeships

Pharmacy Apprentice Anne Dunn

Working in pharmacy is not just about dispensing medicines, they are an important part of the local community and are often the first point of contact for customers looking for help and advice on lifestyle and health issues. This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone interested in working in the area of health and community care.

During this two year training scheme you will be working towards achieving an Advanced Apprenticeship in Pharmaceutical Science. This qualification is largely assessed through an online portal and professional discussions.

Your training will start on your first day of employment, when you attend our corporate induction at our head office in Lincoln. During your first week with us you will also attend a welcome event, where you will learn all about your programme and what we expect from you, and will also meet other apprentices in your cohort so that you can build a network of contacts.

The rest of your programme is structured in modules and covers a comprehensive range of subjects. Each module of your programme includes on the job and off the job training and you will attend face to face courses as well as spending some time undertaking self-study. Some of the modules you will cover include, dispensing and supply of medicines, pharmacy law, actions and uses of medicine, communicating in pharmacy and community pharmacy practice.

Throughout the programme you will have regular reviews with your line manager, as well as monthly meetings with your college assessor and head office mentor.

Working within pharmacy requires you to respond to patients with compassion and empathy. You will have a lot of responsibility and be entrusted with sensitive information so it’s important that you can maintain confidentiality and comply with legal responsibilities. You should have an interest in the science or theory behind things and have an accurate and methodical approach to your work and study.

On successful completion of the Pharmacy Apprenticeship programme you will need to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council to become a fully qualified dispensing technician in one of our pharmacy branches. 

You may decide to become a locum dispensing technician which means you can travel across a number of our pharmacy branches deliver support or you may even decide to continue studying to become an accuracy checking technician or a dispensary team leader.


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