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Apprentice Pharmacy Assistant Strachan's Chemist

A Pharmacy Services Assistant apprentice under the guidance of a responsible pharmacist carries out the day to day operations of a pharmacy business. The assembly of medicines. Ensuring meets legal requirements. The labelling and to a point the medicine(s) are ready for its final check.

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2021

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, 09:00 - 17:00.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The position will also include ongoing training on the counter which will be assessed independently and result in a mandatory qualification for the chemist counter.  The Dispensary will be the apprentice residence managed by the pharmacist and supervisor with learnings from the entire team.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Checking invoices against goods in
  • Assembly of medicines labelling and reordering of stock for owing’s etc.
  • Placing generic orders onto the shelves
  • Answering the inbound telephone calls
  • Assisting the counter when busy
  • Walking to local surgeries with queries and prescription requests
  • Preparing the orders for transmission
  • Speaking with medical reps and sundries providers
  • Giving advice to patients / customers and handing out and the receiving of medicines
  • Understand the filing process and claims process for NHS / Private prescriptions
  • Updating and saving patient information on computer
  • Makin records to record messages and document communications is a must

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good listening skills
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal is a must

Personal qualities

  • Helpful, considerate, enthusiastic and a positive attitude to caring for the needs of others
  • If you like working with people, helping them, and supporting their needs then pharmacy could be a good match for a potential candidate
  • Helpful friendly and caring disposition
  • Helpful to have basic knowledge of computers and IT
  • The ability to problem solve and use your own initiative will help progression
  • Working as a team is critical as dispensaries are generally confined areas 

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

Strachan’s will be delighted following successful training to offer the right candidate a permanent position within the company.

Further training opportunities and progression would also be considered in a positive manner.

Things to consider

It is highly important that you do not contact the employer directly - any attempt of this may invalidate the candidate’s application. Should you have any queries regarding your application or the job itself, please contact your local Woodspeen Training Academy.

Please note this job may expire before the stated date if a suitable applicant is appointed.

Please consider how you would travel to this vacancy. If you will be using public transport, please check this before applying.

About the employer

Strachan’s chemist is a family run independent pharmacy chain. Established in 2007 we have branches across the Northwest.

We pride ourselves on a committed personal service reflected by the fact the group have won several prestigious awards including the pride of Oldham and Bury Rate Our Services. 


Strachan's Chemist


9 Market Street





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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Woodspeen Training


Amy Crawley 01484 429359

Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Own in-house training

Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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