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Boots UK is Looking for Young People who want to Kick-Start their Careers in Healthcare

01 August 2017
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Applications have officially opened for aspiring young healthcare professionals across the UK who want to help people feel good every day.

This September, Boots UK is launching a brand new Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship scheme for young people aged 18 – 24 who have a passion for community healthcare and who want to care for their customers and patients every day.

In the two-year programme, young people will have a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver expert advice and industry-leading patient care at Boots UK, helping their patients to feel confident about their healthcare needs. Apprentices will be able to gain skills and qualifications, while making a real difference to the lives of patients, and supporting the Pharmacist and pharmacy teams in Boots with the dispensing and supply of medicines.

The programme also offers apprentices opportunity to gain a Level 3 Technical Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science and a NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Service Skills, which is the nationally recognised Pharmacy Technician qualification.

Richard Bradley, Pharmacy Director at Boots UK, comments: “Providing exceptional patient care is at the heart of what we do, and we’re looking for young people who will be the future of pharmacy to join our business. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are looking for a brilliant platform to launch their careers in community healthcare.”

Tess Fenn, President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), comments: “This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated young person to start their professional career as a pharmacy technician supported by an apprenticeship programme. I am delighted that Boots UK is offering these training places, as the role of pharmacy technicians is expanding and evolving at a pace that is required to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population. Pharmacy Technicians are key members of the pharmacy team in delivering quality pharmacy services to patients and customers. As future qualified registered professionals it is important to have a first-rate start to their career that fully prepares them for their future role.”

These young apprentices, while playing a key role in the provision of community healthcare, will gain full-time, paid, permanent employment and on the job learning. They will be eligible for free membership with APTUK while training to support their development, and once qualified, can be professionally registered as a Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Boots UK is piloting this new Pharmacy Technicians Healthcare Apprenticeship programme in four areas across the country*, and taking on around 70 new apprentices from September.

The Boots Pharmacy Healthcare Colleague NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship programme is also running again this year for those aged 16 – 24 who are looking to gain a Pharmacy Advisor qualification. During this 12 month programme, young people will be fully trained so they can offer industry-leading healthcare advice and dispense medication within the pharmacy.

More information on all Boots UK Apprenticeship programmes can be found at Information is also available on Twitter: @Boots_Talent, and Facebook: Boots Talent Programmes.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023