Boots launches pharmacy technician apprenticeship

A brand new Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship scheme is being launched by Boots UK this September.

Aimed at those aged 18-24 who have a passion for community healthcare and who want to care for their customers and patients every day, the two year programme will offer young people a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver expert advice and industry-leading patient care at Boots UK, helping their patients to feel confident about their healthcare needs and supporting the pharmacist and pharmacy teams in Boots with the dispensing and supply of medicines.

The programme also offers apprentices the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Technical Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science and a NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Service Skills, which is the nationally recognised pharmacy technician qualification. They will be eligible for free membership with APTUK while training to support their development, and once qualified, can be professionally registered as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Commenting on the announcement, Richard Bradley, pharmacy director at Boots UK, said: “Providing exceptional patient care is at the heart of what we do, and we’re looking for young people who will be the future of pharmacy to join our business. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are looking for a brilliant platform to launch their careers in community healthcare.”

Tess Fenn, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), added: “This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated young person to start their professional career as a pharmacy technician supported by an apprenticeship programme. I am delighted that Boots UK is offering these training places, as the role of pharmacy technicians is expanding and evolving at a pace that is required to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population. Pharmacy technicians are key members of the pharmacy team in delivering quality pharmacy services to patients and customers. As future qualified registered professionals it is important to have a first-rate start to their career that fully prepares them for their future role.”

Around 70 new apprentices will be taken on from September in four pilot areas: Wales, the midlands, eastern England and Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. These young apprentices will play a key role in the provision of community healthcare, as well as gain full-time, paid, permanent employment and on-the-job learning.

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