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Should You Take on a Pharmacy Apprentice?

By January 6, 2021 January 19th, 2021 No Comments

Pharmacy Apprenticeships


Pharmacy Apprenticeships are one of the fastest growing apprenticeships in the UK. Many Pharmacies are seeing apprenticeships as a great way to bring new and affordable talent and skills into their Pharmacy. The apprenticeship will train learners to work productively in your Pharmacy, they will gain the following skills and knowledge:


Dispensing procedures, and practices, including the different types of prescriptions
How to complete pharmacy calculations, different weights and measures eg grams, kilograms, etc.
Doses and forms of medicines and issues that may affect how medicines are taken
The documentation relating to administration, supply and methods of medicines distribution support
Receive and log prescriptions
The management of medicines and the supply chain
Assemble prescribed items, undertake an in-process accuracy check and issue prescribed items
Work according to legislative requirements, and organisational policies
Order, receive, maintain and issue pharmaceutical stock
Provide appropriate advice when authorised on supplied medicines and products, their storage and disposal


pharmacy apprenticeship


What and how do they Study?


They will study toward the Pharmacy Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard. The Apprenticeship was designed by the Pharmacy industry, so provides the knowledge and skills that you need in your Pharmacy!

As part of the programme they will also undertake the GPHC Dispensing and Counter Assistant qualifications.


How is it delivered?


The training is delivered through a combination of on-line learning and workplace visits by one of our experienced Pharmacy tutors. The programme lasts 15 months.


How do I recruit an apprentice?


Don’t worry about that, we will recruit an apprentice for you. We’ll advertise, shortlist, interview and prepare candidates; all we ask is that you undertake the final interview to ensure you are happy with the candidate(s).


Who pays for the training?


For most pharmacies the training is government funded, so free to the Pharmacy. This includes the GPHC qualifications!


How much does an Apprentice cost?


The apprentice minimum wage is £4.15 per hour. Many Pharmacies chose to pay a little more in order to attract higher quality candidates.


Are there Government incentives?


Yes. If you recruit a 16-18 Apprentice the Government will pay your Pharmacy an incentive of £3,000.



What happens at the end of the Apprenticeship?


There is no obligation for the Pharmacy to keep the apprentice once they complete their training. We do however find that Pharmacies usually find the apprentice becomes an integral part of the team and they become a permanent employee at the end of their training. They can continue to study, through the Level 3 Pharmacy Apprenticeship and other higher level qualifications.


Can I train other staff with Apprenticeship training?


Yes, there is not age limit on apprentices, and you can train existing staff through an apprenticeship. The only proviso is that they do not already have the qualification!


What are the benefits to my Pharmacy?


96% of employers recommend employing an apprentice
88% of employers think apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
The average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week
59% of apprenticeship employers say training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff
Apprentices bring fresh, innovative and creative ideas into a business
57% of employers report a high proportion of apprentices going on to management positions within the company
66% of employers believe that their apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly
77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
80% of employers report that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover


What’s the next step?


To find out out more book a call with one of our training experts here.
or send a message to info@mediapharm.co.uk