Employing An Apprentice

At Skills4Pharmacy we work in close partnership with employers of all sizes (including employers who pay the apprenticeship Levy) to ensure we provide quality apprentices that suit the needs of your business.  Our government funded training programmes are suitable for both the existing workforce (upskilling) and new recruits and we have a proven track record of producing productive, highly motivated employees who make an effective contribution to your workplace.

Skills4 also provide a free dedicated recruitment service using the National Apprenticeships Service website so if you’re looking to hire one or more apprentices, we’re here to help! We can place an apprentice with your pharmacy at any time of year as we have a rolling course and variety of start dates. Please contact us for more details or to request a placement.

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 The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £4.30 per hour from 1st April 2021. This minimum wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19 and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship. It must be paid for all the time the apprentice spends working or training (that is part of the apprenticeship). After this, the apprentice must be paid the normal National Minimum Wage for their age.

Apprentices must be offered employment for at least 30 hours per week (including off-the-job training time), except in some special circumstances where the learner can’t complete the full 30 hours.

All apprentices need to undertake 20% Off-the-job training. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.This training takes place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours. The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship and does not mean one day off a week. This can also be spread in a flexible way to suit employer and employee demands.


"Easy to follow"

I completed my level 2 pharmacy dispensing course in 2016. I found the modules easy to follow and the company have been very helpful if I've ever had a query. I will be doing my level 3 pharmacy technicians course with Skills4 because they have been helpful.

Chloe Oliver - Level 2 Pharmacy Student

"Best Thing I've Done"

It was great from start to finish and the support and learning materials were second to none, it really made a difference to the who experience, go for it is all I can say, it's the best thing I've done.

James Taylor - Level 2 Pharmacy Student


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Or if you would like to speak with one our team simply call the number below and see how we can help you.

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