Apprentice Pharmacy Assistant Bridgewater Pharmacy

You will be required to undertake a diverse range of tasks and duties. Working under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist, these duties will include dispensing items of medication that make up a prescription. The role will also include customer service and administration duties. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your career prospects.

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Closing date: 16 Oct 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

    Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:30 Saturday, 09:00 - 13:00 Candidate must be available to work flexibly within the pharmacy's opening hours. Lunch break must be taken off site.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    6 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a diverse range of tasks and duties. The role will suit someone who thrives at multi-tasking in a busy environment. This is a responsible, varied and exciting role offering a great opportunity to begin a Pharmaceutical career.

All applicants must adhere to our Health & Safety and Confidentiality policies and procedures at all times.

Counter duties will include:

  • On a daily basis you will be responsible for serving customers face to face. This will include serving on the till, answering queries, taking and handing out prescriptions.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to be computer proficient as the role includes using a range of computer softwares.
  • The role also involves administration duties, including filing and answering the telephone.
  • Candidate will be required to assist other members of staff which may include merchandising, housekeeping and stock control.
  • The role will eventually include giving advice to customers on prescription medicines and over-the-counter products, advising on healthy living and how to deal with minor illness.

Dispensary duties will include:

  • Selecting the correct items to make up a prescription.
  • Preparing blister packed medication, usually for the elderly but also for those with memory/learning difficulties, where tablets are placed in compartments for specified days of the week.
  • Stock control and ordering new stock using computerised systems.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Some understanding of the importance of Health and Safety.
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Multi-tasking, comfortably able to switch between tasks.
  • Team working and working flexibly as part of a team.
  • Work on own initiative as necessary.

Personal qualities

  • Methodical approach to work.
  • Calmness under pressure.
  • Punctuality and reliability.
  • Patience.
  • Neat and professional appearance.
  • Excellent two way communicator.
  • Excellent verbal and nonverbal skills.

Qualifications required

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

Future prospects

Progression onto permanent employment as a Pharmacy Assistant with the possibility to do Dispensary Technician course.

Things to consider

Applicants should be aware that the position often requires standing for long periods. Lunch breaks will need to be taken off site so position will be more suitable for someone living within walking distance or with their own car. Please note that local public transport links are limited.

About the employer

Bridgwater Pharmacy is a community pharmacy servicing the local area of Westcliff-on-Sea and beyond. We are a well-established organisation with a reputation for friendly and efficient customer service. Offering a range of NHS services, Bridgwater Pharmacy provides high standards of customer care with trusted expert advice and support.


Bridgewater Pharmacy



Bridgwater Drive



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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ)(QCF)
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 (with the option to complete Level 2)
  • ERR

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Buttercups Training Limited


Alex Zielinska 01159 374936

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Closing date: 16 Oct 2017