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Student Technicians

Earn and learn as a trainee pharmacy technician in Dorset

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

As a student technician you would get paid £16,900+ a year as well as all your training and qualifications paid for.

What an amazing time to start an excellent career in pharmacy as well as supporting the NHS 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 trainee you will rotate through different types of pharmacy services at three different NHS and pharmacy organisations.  You will experience the work of a pharmacy technician in different healthcare settings including:

  • 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 level 3 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 apply you must be 16+ years old
  • You must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (formerly grade C ). These must include: English Language, Maths and Double Science. Please contact us first if you wish to apply but do not hold the Double Science award. Alternative equivalent science qualifications may be acceptable.
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About the role


In your first year you will earn a generous salary of over £16,900. Then, after successful completion of year one, you’ll get a pay rise in the second year of the programme!


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


The course combines educational learning across three different NHS and Pharmacy organisations, so you’ll work in a variety of different places across Dorset over the 2 year period. This will be discussed with you in more detail at interview if your application is successful.


Applications are open now and close 6 December 2020.

The successful applicants will start their training programme in February 2021.

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About you

The type of person we are looking for

  • We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people who want to learn and start a pharmacy career in Dorset
  • We are looking for people who are committed to the two year training and development course
  • You may be thinking about what to do after school
  • Do you want a fulfilling career and a professional qualification
  • Perhaps you are 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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Our Pharmacy Technicians

Meet Jess

Student Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians play an extremely important role within the service that the NHS provide and the dispensing of medicine. We met with Jess at St Ann’s Hospital to learn more about why she decided to become a student Pharmacy Technician pharmacy and what she loves about her job.
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