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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

Unfortunately, we have not had our allocation of funding for apprentices based at small to medium sized employers extended. As such, we will not be able to deliver further apprenticeships for non-levy paying employers for the time being. Please be assured however that we do have funding available to continue delivery to existing apprentices. We will update our Latest News section as and when this changes. If you wish to be put on a mailing list for an email update, please click here

This lack of funding is not limited to just Buttercups Training, or even the healthcare sector - funding for apprenticeships for small and medium employers is limited across all sectors:

This will also mean that we will be unable to help non-levy paying employers to advertise on the National Apprenticeship Service account for any apprenticeship vacancies.

In the meantime we are, as always, 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)
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Pharmacy (pharmacy technician training) Pharmacy Technician Training Programme

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

Please rest assured that we are dedicated in our work to promote and encourage apprenticeships as an option for training and we will be applying again for growth from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as soon as we are able to - however we understand that there are currently no windows planned for this.

Please note, this only affects our non-levy paying employers, we are still able and eager to deliver apprenticeship training to existing and new levy paying customers.

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.