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Guidance on Apprenticeships

For general guidance on Apprenticeships, your first point of call should be the government website 

The following Buttercups blogs help explain the changes to Apprenticeships which came into place from 1st May 2017:

The latest Apprenticeship Funding Rules, including the Funding Rules for Employers, can be found following this link:

Levy-Paying Employers

Buttercups Training continues to have capacity for apprenticeship starts for all age groups (16+). Please contact us to discuss how you can make the best use of your levy pot.

Non-Levy-Paying (SME) Employers

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that funding for up to 5000 apprenticeship starts per month for SMEs will be made available from January 2020 to March 2020. This funding will cover all apprenticeships across the whole of England, and will likely be allocated on a first come first served basis.

We want pharmacy to benefit from this funding as much as possible, and for our SME customers to be able to make the most of the apprenticeship programme after a protracted break from apprenticeship availability. The early bird will catch the worm!

Please rest assured that we are dedicated in our work to promote and encourage apprenticeships as an option for training. We are keeping up to date with the latest developments from the ESFA and will keep up to date on the situation following March 2020, ideally whether a contract allocation is provided to enable us to continue to be able to offer apprenticeships to small and medium sized employers or whether the current system available from January 2020 to March 2020 is extended.

What to do if you want to benefit from government funded apprenticeships

Click here for further information, and email

As always, we are able to offer non-funded programmes for the training needs of any learners. The following non-funded options are available for non-levy paying employers:

Apprenticeship programme Non-funded alternative 1 Non-funded alternative 2
Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Standard Dispensing Assistant Course (GPhC accredited and equivalent to level two) Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills OR Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (No GPhC Registrant Supervision)
Pharmacy Technician (Integrated) Pharmacy Technician Training Programme Dispenser Development Programme for Dispensing Doctors (appropriate for dispensing doctors practices, or dispensaries with no pharmacist or pharmacy technician on site)

Further information on these alternatives including costs and durations, can be accessed via the above links.

Advertising an Apprenticeship or Vacancy

If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice, Buttercups can assist you with getting an advert up on the Apprenticeship Vacancies website provided there is funding availability for your company. If you would like to advertise an apprenticeship or vacancy, please send an email containing details about the apprenticeship / vacancy to Buttercups Training at

If you are learner looking for an Apprenticeship in pharmacy placement, please follow this link  which will enable you to search for Apprenticeship vacancies within your area.