Pharmacy Apprentice Longthornes Dispensing Chemists

As a pharmacy assistant, you would work under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist, preparing and supplying items of medicine that make up a prescription. You would be based in a community or hospital pharmacy.

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Closing date: 28 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

    4 days a week in the workplace, 1 day a week at college

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    29 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The post holder will be expected to carry out the following duties:

  • Select the correct items to make up a prescription.
  • Order new stock using computerised systems.
  • Give advice to customers on prescription medicines and over-the-counter products.
  • Give advice on healthy living and how to deal with minor illness.
  • Selling over-the-counter medicines.
  • Advising patients of any adverse side-effects of medicines or potential interactions with other medicines/treatments.
  • Preparing dosette and cassette boxes, usually for the elderly but also for those with memory/learning difficulties, where tablets are placed in compartments for specified days of the week.
  • Customer Service focused activities including dealing with enquiries, answering incoming calls and taking accurate and precise messages.
  • Adhering to the Health & Safety policies and procedures at all times, ensuring correct prescriptions are given to the correct people and asking for identification for those who look under the age limit set for the products given.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good Communication skills
  • An interest in Maths/Science

Personal qualities

  • Honest 
  • Good time keeper
  • Works well within a team

Qualifications required

GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Future prospects

Moving on to Dispensary Technician

About the employer

Longthornes Pharmacy is a dispensing chemist that also sells a range of toiletries and cosmetics as well as hair care products, walking sticks and baby care products. A film processing service is also available.


Longthornes Dispensing Chemists



West Road



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Training provider

  • Level 2 NVQ in Pharmaceutical Services
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Seevic College

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2017