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Apprentice Pharmacy Services Assistant K D KATARIA LTD

This community pharmacy is 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 can progress within your role. You will provide a fast and caring service to customers collecting prescriptions as well as giving over the counter advice.

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Closing date: 01 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Rate of pay: £4.81 per hour Hours: 30 hrs per week Days: shifts between Monday and Friday 9am-6pm tbc Holidays: statutory Sick Pay: statutory

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

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• Checking expiry dates on products and disposing of outdated products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

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  •  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.
  • Pharmacy Services Assistant Level 2 qualification achieved on completion. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Career in pharmacy industry

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Level 4 or above) Desired

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

KD Pharmacy is a friendly independent pharmacy based in an easy to reach shopping square in Kings Norton. Our patients’ health and happiness is at the heart of our work. We take pride in having served our local community for over 35 years and continue to strive to meet your needs.






B38 9BL

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Training provider



Tony Smith


Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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