Apprenticeships can be used to develop new or existing employees and may be very beneficial. They last between one and four years, depending on the type of qualification being studied for.
An employer hiring an apprentice needs to ensure that:
There are different levels of apprenticeships, which take into account the pre existing skill set and qualifications of the apprentice.
There are two types of pharmacy services apprenticeships, available in England and Northern Ireland, both of which are provided under the supervision of a registered pharmacist:
In England, employers may be able to claim the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds. Each eligible employer can claim up to five grants, during the time that the grant is available, each with an individual value of £1,500. To be eligible, employers must:
In Northern Ireland, for those under 25 years of age, the off‐the job training component of apprenticeships is fully funded by the Department for Employment and Learning. Employers taking on apprentices aged 25 years and over are offered a 50 percent contribution towards their off‐the‐job training.
Employers can receive an incentive of £250 to £1,500 on completion of an apprenticeship, depending on the nature of the training undertaken. The apprentice must be paid at least the relevant national minimum wage.
The Essential Pharmacy Business Pack includes information on SWOT analysis, a drug tariff guide and a business achievement plan template. The resources can be downloaded at npa.co.uk/businesspack.