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Pharmacy technicians and assistants apprenticeships

Types of pharmacy technician and assistant apprenticeships that you can apply for.

Pharmacy technicians and assistants prepare, supply and dispense medicines and products prescribed for patients under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.

Training opportunities

On the internediate apprenticeship you’ll be working as a dispensing and pharmacy assistant undertaking a variety of supervised tasks within the pharmacy. Your duties will vary depending on the setting, but may include:

  • selling over-the-counter medicines
  • collecting prescriptions
  • generating labels
  • ordering and storing pharmaceutical stock
  • providing information on symptoms and products to customers

On the advanced apprenticeship you’ll support the pharmacist as a pharmacy technician. You’ll:

  • dispense medicines and products
  • provide information and advice
  • control stocks of pharmaceutical materials

You’ll need good IT skills as maintaining records of patient prescriptions and stock ordering are often carried out with computerised systems. Communication skills are also essential because pharmacy technicians have a lot of contact with the public and often provide advice and information on medicines.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeship.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train as a pharmacy technician.

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train as a pharmacy assistant.

Apply for a pharmacy technician or assistant apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education