Five-year pharmacy apprenticeship proposals published

Pharmaceutical journal | April 12, 2019

Five-year pharmacy apprenticeship proposals published
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has urged its members to reject proposals to develop a five-year apprenticeship scheme for pharmacists because it fears the profession would be shifted from its university-led model. Proposals to develop a five-year apprenticeship scheme for pharmacists have been criticised as “highly disruptive to the profession”. The proposals were published on 4 April 2019 by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IATE), an arm’s-length government body, following their submission by the Pharmacy Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group, an organisation representing employers across the pharmacy sector, including the large multiple pharmacy chains. Details on the plans are sketchy, but an official consultation on the proposals was launched by IATE on 4 April 2019. The consultation is open for responses for ten days only.
Any group of employers that is recognised by the IATE can put forward their own proposals for an apprenticeship scheme in their profession or industry. Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), confirmed that some of its members, including large multiples, were directly involved in developing the proposals through the trailblazer group.

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