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Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

Earn and learn as a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) in Dorset

Pharmacy in Dorset is changing, which means Pharmacy Technicians are becoming more important than ever. That’s why we are offering fantastic opportunities to train as a pharmacy technician in Dorset.

As a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) you will be paid to earn and learn at the same time. All training and qualifications will be paid for.

What an amazing time to start an excellent career in pharmacy as well as supporting the NHS and the Pharmacy Workforce in Dorset!

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About the opportunity

Several NHS and Pharmacy organisations in Dorset are working together to provide education and work placements for student Pharmacy Technicians. The training programme will enable you to experience working in a variety of different pharmaceutical environments giving you the opportunity to learn about the different areas you could work in as a qualified Pharmacy Technician.

This is a 2 year training post which will help you learn and practice the skills needed to become a registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

As a Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) you will rotate through different types of pharmacy services and experience the work of a Pharmacy Technician in different settings.  A wide variety of training opportunities are available.  These range from training in one environment only e.g. Hospital Pharmacy to cross sector training in up to three different healthcare settings which may include:

  • Primary Care (GP practices)
  • Community pharmacy (high-street pharmacies)
  • Hospital pharmacy including inpatient services
  • Community and Mental Health Services

What’s in it for you?

This programme offers a vocational head start to an amazing career without any worries about student debt or taking time out of career experience to gain your education. On this course you will have:

  • Your qualification fully funded.
  • Access to a high standard of educational and on the job clinical training.
  • The chance to develop a variety of different skills, so you can give the best possible patient care.
  • The opportunity to be an important part of the future of pharmacy in Dorset, as we enter a new and exciting phase of change.


  • To be 18 years or older at the start of the programme.
  • You must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (formerly grade C). These must include: English Language, Maths and Science If you hold an equivalent qualification, please contact us before applying to discuss qualification suitability.
  • Must be eligible for Apprenticeship funding.
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About you

The type of person we are looking for

  • You will be enthusiastic and want to learn about pharmacy and make it your career within Dorset.
  • We are looking for people who are committed to the two year training and development course which leads to professional registration.
  • You could be thinking about your further education and earning while you learn, or you could be someone who is looking for a career change.
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About the role


  • Full time, 37.5 hours per week. A minimum of 30 hours per week may be considered.
  • The post holder may be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.


Opportunities are available to train in one organisation only or to combine educational learning across different NHS and Pharmacy Organisations. Therefore there will be several different adverts allowing you to apply for the type of training opportunity you would prefer. If you choose to apply for a cross sector training opportunity the placements available would be discussed with you in more detail at interview.


PTPT training programmes usually start in February and September each year. Many opportunities are advertised on our Join Our Dorset Website.

Applications will be open soon, and some organisations close applications on the 31/10/2021.

This page will be updated when applications are live.

Join our free webinar on the 07/10/2021 at 17:30 – 18:30, where you can learn about Pharmacy Technicians and ask questions about the role.

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