National Apprenticeship Week 2024: developing essential skills for a successful career

Published: 9 February 2024

If you or someone you know is planning a career step, then take a leap into the world of apprenticeships and earn while you learn.

National Apprenticeship Week, which concludes on Sunday (11 February), celebrates the achievements of apprentices around the country and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy.

In Hertfordshire and west Essex, the apprenticeship opportunities include a nursing associate, social care, healthcare support worker, and more.

One opportunity is as a pharmacy technician, who have a role in places like community pharmacies, hospitals, primary care, care homes, industry, and integrated care boards (ICBs). The profession's versatility extends to academia, clinical trials, health and justice, mental health, and procurement. There is the potential for a varied and interesting career path and pharmacy technicians can go on to explore education, leadership, policy and regulation, and public health.

To enrol on a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician training programme, you will typically need four GCSEs or equivalent at grade A*-C/9-4. Training programmes are available through both apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship routes and involve a two-year competency and knowledge-based qualification. There’s also hands-on learning in a pharmacy. When you’ve completed the training programme, you can apply for registration as a Pharmacy Technician in Great Britain with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

Pharmacy colleagues from the ICB and partner organisations standing behind a table on their stall at the Health and Care Academy career expo

Left to right: Chloe Chapman, Pharmacy Technician Specialist for Education and Training; Emily Frost; Jodie White, HWE Lead Care Home Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Technician Facilitator NHS East of England; Shikha Tatla, the ICB’s Pharmaceutical Advisor; Victoria McCarthy, HPFT, Lead Pharmacy Technician for Education and Training; and Emily Clifford, East and North Herts Trust’s Senior Pharmacist Education and Training and Patient Services.

Emily Frost (pictured, second from left) has just completed an exciting cross-sector Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician apprenticeship through East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Hertfordshire Community Trust and our ICB. She took the time to answer some questions about what inspired her to go down the apprenticeship route and what value it has given her.

Read Emily's apprenticeship story.

Ready to find out more? Go to our pharmacy technician webpage or email england.wtepharmacy.eoe@nhs.net. You can also visit our Health and Care Academy website for more about apprenticeships.