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Pharmacy Counter Dispensing Assistant Apprenticeship

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Job description

Medina Chemist based in Netherfield Nottingham is offering a hard-working and enthusiastic candidate an opportunity to start their career in the pharmaceutical health sector as an Apprentice Dispensary Assistant.

­The post holder will to work with customers on the counter and also assist the pharmacist in the dispensing of medication in their busy pharmacy.

Main duties that you will be fully trained to do include:

  • Assist in the sale of over the counter medicines
  • Complete prescription receipt and collection
  • Ordering, receiving and storing pharmaceutical stock
  • Liaising with customers in all areas of sales, including specialised products providing a highly personalised approach
  • Managing stock levels, replenishing and cleaning sales areas
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against orders and inform supervisor of stock needs and shortages
  • Assisting future sales and maximum profits, by the analysing of seasonal trends and product selection
  • Processing payments of various kinds, using the till, including handling of credit/debit cards, cheques and accounts
  • Assisting in the reconciliation of the till at the end of each shift/or following day if requested to do so by the manager
  • Ensuring standards for quality, customer service and health and safety are met
  • Maintaining awareness of market trends and advertising, updating sales display areas
  • Dealing with sales as and when required, serve customers showing high standards of customer care at all times, providing a helpful and friendly service, in order to maximise sales
  • To utilise specialist product knowledge when required
  • To maintain a clean and tidy working environment
  • To complete compulsory training as required
  • To carry out other duties which naturally fall within the reasonable expectations of the role

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore you will be working at the employer’s address and will not need to attend college, except for initial assessments.

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 01/05/2020

Possible start date: 02/05/2020

Skills required

  • Good communication skills
  • Pay attention to detail

Qualifications required

A*-D/9-3 GCSE's (or Functional Skills Level 1 equivalent) maths &English (desirable).

Candidate requirements

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.90 per hour, increasing to £4.15per hour from April 2020. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 18 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

NB - The employer is flexible on the working hours the candidate can choose between 30-40 hours per week (although would be a minimum of 30).

Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours on advert will be amended accordingly to fall in line with the legislation.

Please note that if the successful applicant is found prior to the closing date the vacancy maybe withdrawn early.

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore most of the time you will be working at the employers address. Depending on your training you will only need to attend college in Nottingham for initial assessments, enrolment and a few other rare occasions.

Reality Check:

Candidate must be able to travel to the workplace according to working hours.

Training provided

You will need to complete the following qualifications to achieve the full framework apprenticeship:

  • BTEC Pharmaceutical Science Level 2
  • Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills Level 2 QCF
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 maths if required
  • Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 English if required

Future progression

Potential of a permanent role at the end of the apprenticeship or progression onto a level 3 dispensing technician role, dependent upon the performance.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Please state what personal attributes and/or skills you have that you feel make you a good candidate for this apprenticeship

Second question
For the purposes of shortlisting your application against your commute from home to the employers address - please state whether you drive and have your own car or will be using public transport.

Employer information

We are a family run full dispensing chemist, dealing with both NHS and private prescriptions. Whether we’re preventing, treating or managing, we pride ourselves on offering a friendly personal service.

Address details:

Medina Chemist Ltd
89
Victoria Road
Nottingham
NG4 2NN

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Reference number VAC001619283
Working week Flexible shifts around the Pharmacy opening hours: Monday - Saturday 8.00am - 11.00pm, Sunday 10.00am - 8.00pm

(30 hours per week)

Expected duration 15 months
Apprenticeship level Intermediate
Related course Health Pharmacy Services - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Salary £124.50 - £166.00 (Weekly)

Wage explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).