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Apprentice Pharmaceutical Assistant Benjamin Pharmacy Ltd

Working as an assistant in a Pharmacy, serving customers in the local community. Advising on over-the-counter medication and assisting in dispensary.

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Closing date: 10 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - 1 hour unpaid lunch, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    17 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    13 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:

  • Reading prescriptions, labelling and dispensing prescribed medicines
  • Calculating quantities and doses of medicines
  • Providing information and advice to patients on how to use their medication
  • Advising members of the public about over-the-counter (non-prescribed) medicines and management of minor ailments
  • Selling over-the-counter medicines and other items stocked by the chemist
  • Promoting other services offered by the pharmacy
  • Stock procurement and control
  • Maintaining individual records of patient’s prescriptions, usually using the pharmacy computer system
  • The job description will be reviewed with the pharmacists and the apprentice before starting their post

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Customer service skills
  • Experience of health care or social care (desirable)
  • Work experience in dealing with customers (desirable)
  • Good at maths, English and ICT
  • Accurate and observant, with an attention to detail
  • Good communicators, friendly, patient and helpful
  • Organised, responsible and careful, particularly when dealing with prescribed and non-prescribed medication on the premises

Personal qualities

  • Able to work within a professional code of ethics and keep information private, as they deal with sensitive information about people
  • Must be willing and able to take direction
  • Able to work as part of a small team
  • Smart/professional presentation in the workplace
  • Punctual

Desired qualifications

Good level of English and maths, equivalent to GCSE grade A*-C/9-4.

Future prospects

To be reviewed on completion of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

The successful candidate will be required to attend Barking & Dagenham college on a day release basis.

About the employer

Community pharmacy in London, E4.


Benjamin Pharmacy Ltd



Chingford Mount Road


E4 8LP

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Barking and Dagenham College


Lynn Parsonage

  • Health Pharmacy Services Level 2
  • NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills
  • Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Functional skills if required

Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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