Pharmacy Assistant Apprentice Care Services Pharmacy

Fantastic opportunity for someone with an interest in science and an ability to learn fast to jump-start an exciting career in pharmacy

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Minimum of 30 hours a week Monday-Friday. This may change according to business needs

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    56 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    16 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties include:

  • Taking in and handing out prescriptions
  • Dispensing prescriptions
  • Using dispensary and stores computer systems to generate stock lists and labels
  • Helping to maintain reasonable dispensary stock levels
  • Ordering items for use within a department
  • Receiving, loading, unloading incoming goods from wholesalers, manufacturers and elsewhere
  • Delivering pharmaceuticals and other goods to sites within a pharmacy department, and wards/departments/clinical areas
  • Selling over the counter medicines
  • Answering queries on the supply and availability of medicines, where this is within their competence
  • Responding to telephone and face to face enquiries of a routine nature from patients, their representatives, members of the public and a wide range of staff groups,
  • Drawing any problems identified or queries raised to the attention of pharmacists or pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-packing, assembling and labelling medicines
  • Assisting with the manufacture of medicines
  • Ensuring that health and safety requirements are met.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent Communicator
  • Good listening skills
  • Able to retain information

Personal qualities

  • Must have initiative and can work
  • Ffollowing the relevant training
  • With little supervision.

Qualifications required

Must have GCSE grades A-C in English, Maths and Science or an equivalent qualification.

Future prospects

To progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship

Things to consider

The position is contracted to 30 hours per week however there is the possibility to do up to 10 hours per week overtime in busy times.

About the employer

Care Services Pharmacy is based in Bordersley Green Birmingham.


Care Services Pharmacy



Bordesley Green Road


B8 1BY

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Training provider

Attendance to Walsall College one day per week is required.

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Functional Skills in Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills in English Level 1
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Walsall College - Wisemore Campus


Emma Worth 01922 688638

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017