There are a number of routes into a career in healthcare science and pharmacy, an apprenticeship is another option. If you want to become a healthcare science or pharmacy apprentice, you will have to find an employer who is offering an apprenticeship post.
What is an apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a work-based programme focusing on the whole job, not just individual skills, and provides the employee with a set of vocational and functional skills along with a nationally recognised qualification. By undertaking an apprenticeship means you are in paid employment but also studying towards a qualification which is funded by your employer.
Advantages of undertaking an apprenticeship
- That you earn while you learn
- Course fees are paid by the employer
- Annual leave entitlement the organisation offers
- Experts and support from the organisation, your peers and education teams
- Gain a qualification at the end of your course
- A stepping stone on your career pathway
In C&P there are a variety of apprenticeships you could apply for at different levels for example
- Level 2 for healthcare science assistants: duration approx. 15 – 18 months
- Level 2 pharmacy assistant
- Level 3 pharmacy technician
- Level 3 Laboratory technician: duration approx. 18 -24 months
- Level 4 for healthcare science associates: duration approx. 18 – 24 months
- Level 6 (degree) healthcare science practitioner, approx. 36 months
Some apprenticeships can be applied for as an external applicant however some apprenticeships are for internal applicants only (those who already work for the current employer) within the organisation.