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Apprentice Pharmacy Services Assistant Sandwell Pharmacy

This community pharmacy is located in a busy locality and provides an excellent customer service experience for patients and visitors. If you are looking for a career in pharmacy, you will be mentored by medical professionals and have the opportunity to progress within your role.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £129.00

    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

    Days: shifts between Monday and Sunday, TBC. Holidays: statutory. Sick Pay: Statutory.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    09 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001749269

  • Positions

    1 available

Day to day duties will include:

  • Provide a fast and caring service to customers collecting prescriptions
  • Giving over the counter advice
  • Discussing other services available to customers
  • Checking off incoming deliveries in line with delivery lists
  • Collecting final check medicines from the pharmacist to hand to correct customer
  • Handing prescriptions to the pharmacist
  • Ordering stock
  • Checking expiry dates on products and disposing of outdated products
  • Checking stock levels and replenishing stock as required
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles solutions
  • Keep pharmacy counters presentable and replenished
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality at all times

Once you have applied for this apprenticeship, you will also need to attend an appointment with our College Curriculum team. An email and text will be sent to you to apply on the college website for your chosen apprenticeship standard. Once you have applied via the link provided, you will then be sent an email and a letter inviting you into the College to meet with the relevant curriculum team who will confirm that you are eligible for the apprenticeship.

If you have already applied and attended an appointment session at one of our colleges, please contact your Recruitment Advisor to discuss your interest in this specific vacancy. You do not need to apply again to the college.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Computer skills

Personal qualities

  • A team worker who can communicate with customers and members of the team
  • Confident
  • Honest and reliable
  • Willingness to learn

Desired qualifications

  •  GCSE grades C/4 or above to include maths and English or equivalent qualifications

Future prospects

Career in pharmacy industry.

Things to consider

As part of this apprenticeship, you will be required to travel to both the employer location and also attend college (in most cases). Please ensure that you have researched your travel arrangements and are happy with the time it will take and distance required to travel before you apply for this vacancy.


About the employer

This is a community pharmacy and provides an excellent customer service experience for patients and visitors.

Quality of care and putting the patient first every time is the key focus of this pharmacy.

Employer

Sandwell Pharmacy

Address

85

Church Vale

West Bromwich

B71 4DH

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Training

Training provider

BIRMINGHAM METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Birmingham Metropolitan College

Contact

Zeaba Winning zeaba.winning@bmet.ac.uk

As of 1st August 2020, the new standard has replaced the previous framework apprenticeship.

Standards are occupation focused, they are not qualification led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship. And the apprentice is assessed at the end. There is a focus on key areas – knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB).

Highlights of the new standard:

  • There is a major shift from assessing to learning. Instead of continually assessing learners, assessors will be more like tutors or mentors – planning activities, sending feedback and supporting apprentices until the EPA (End Point Assessment). The EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) will then be responsible for assessing the apprentice
  • Instead of assessing apprentices, on-programme learning will meet all the KSBs in the standard and prepare apprentices for their EPA. Mentors will need to check which assessment methods are used in the EPA and do mock tests and practice runs as the apprentice approaches the EPA 
  • The standards include a 20% off-the-job training requirement. This means providers and employers need to work together to plan learning activities outside of the apprentice's normal working duties. Off-the-job training is mandatory and will be audited, so it needs to be properly organised and recorded  
  • Apprentices are now graded according to their performance in the EPA. This means mentors will need to work closely with their learners to get the most out of them – planning activities to coach borderline apprentices and stretch and challenge high achievers

Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)


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