Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprentice CORNWELL'S CHEMISTS LTD

Fantastic opportunity to gain training and employment as a Pharmacy Services Assistant. If you have a genuine interest in pharmacy and are looking for an entry route into this profession. As part of your position you will be answering queries on the supply and availability of medicines and ensuring that the health and safety requirements are met.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 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

    Specific days and shifts are to be confirmed upon interview with the Pharmacy.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role will have various duties including, but not limited to:

  • Servicing customers - selling over the counter medicines
  • Taking and handing out prescriptions, dispensing prescriptions
  • Promoting services
  • Cash handling
  • Ensuring tidiness of branch
  • Using dispensary computer system to generate stock orders and labels
  • Receiving, loading unloading incoming goods from wholesalers, manufacturers and elsewhere

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

Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant standard:

  • Weekly release at our Walsall Campus - 1 day per week (term time only)
  • Full-time apprentices will typically spend 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with off the-job training
  • The purpose of the end point assessment (EPA) is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world
  • The focus is now on the outcome of an apprenticeship and apprentices have to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified they need

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Possibility to up-skill to Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (Pharmacy Technician)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Lang or Lit) (Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C or 4) Essential

About the employer

Established in 1835 the organisation grew from a single store to a group of seven pharmacies exclusively based in Staffordshire. Today, Cornwell’s Chemists is one the largest family-owned chain of pharmacies in Staffordshire. We have selectively retained our local presence and we employ over a hundred people within the Staffordshire community. We believe in training from the outset and in retaining the best: many of our employees work with us for most of their adult lives and their loyalty and commitment to Cornwell’s Chemists and our customers reflect our core ethos - we truly are a ‘family’ company. Cornwell’s Chemists are proudly committed to being Specialists in Healthcare, dedicated to the local provision of a superlative professional service which is consistently delivered by friendly, fully-informed and highly-trained staff. We are responsible to our communities for adopting the highest possible standards of customer care and the provision of products and services consistent with our professional status. We will work with our healthcare partners to achieve this in the Primary Healthcare Sector. We are committed to delivering Best in Class performance and the future delivery of our services will continue to epitomise a caring and friendly approach, at a level which differentiates our company from our competitors. We provide remedies for those who require them, but we also proactively promote Healthcare and general Wellbeing for life by the provision of information, support and advice.




126 Wardles Lane



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Training provider



Cally Sutherland



Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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