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Apprentice Dispensing Assistant Ringwood Pharmacy

This is an excellent opportunity to join a small team, working in a busy pharmacy situated in the community. This role will provide a key service to the local community, working alongside a dedicated team.

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Closing date: 26 May 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

    Days of working week Monday - Friday. Hours TBC. (College will be a Monday).

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    30 May 2022

  • Date posted

    19 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • 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  • Checking expiry dates on products and disposing of outdated products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
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Team player
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to prioritise
  • Aware of the meaning of confidentiality
  • Bi-lingual skills required
  • Good people skills

Personal qualities

  • Calm
  • Professional
  • Discreet
  • Diplomatic
  • Enthusiastic to work in the medical sector and help others

Desired qualifications

  •  Minimum Grade 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths, English and Science (if progression to Level 3)

Future prospects

Progression to Level 3 for the right candidate. 

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.

  • Wage (£4.30 min) - £4.30
  • Holidays per year - 4 weeks
  • Breaks (paid/unpaid) - 1 hour unpaid lunch per day
  • Sick pay entitlement - statutory

About the employer

Ringwood Pharmacy is a busy pharmacy in the centre of a vibrant community, delivering dispensing services and expert advice.


Ringwood Pharmacy



Wigston Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Birmingham Metropolitan College


Zeaba Winning

Pharmacy Services Assistant level 2. 

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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