Last week, C+D reported that a proposal for a five-year pharmacist apprenticeship scheme was under consultation, which was met by a sector-wide response ranging from support to alarm.
The 10-day consultation, launched by the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education – an employer-led public body not affiliated with a government department – closed on April 14.
While the finer details of what a pharmacist apprenticeship could encompass, who was involved in drafting the proposals, and how long they have been in development are somewhat patchy, C+D has pieced together what is known about the apprenticeship so far.
What does the pharmacist apprenticeship involve?
The proposal is for a level 7 apprenticeship, equivalent to a master’s degree, where pharmacists would train as apprentices on placements