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Exeter-based medical practice recommends apprenticeship schemes

Posted: 19 March 2014

Exeter-based Pinhoe & Broadclyst Medical Practice has taken on an apprentice after attending an Apprenticeship Week event organised by Devon County Council.

The practice had been looking to take on an apprentice after an increase in their workload.  The new housing development in Cranbrook will eventually have a medical practice, but in the meantime residents register by default with the Pinhoe practice.

 After attending a Devon County Council Apprenticeship Week event the practice set about advertising for the apprenticeship post through the National Apprenticeship Service website, which they in turn shared on their website to achieve a higher reach of applications.

Andy Potter, Practice Manager at Pinhoe & Broadclyst Medical Practice, said:

“The process of taking on an apprentice was a lot easier than I initially thought. Online recruitment always tends to bring in some quite poor applications due to the pressure that some Job Centres put on applicants to apply for every other job to hit targets.  However saying this, we were impressed with the applications we received.  

“Our apprentice has been with us since September 2013 and we have been really impressed with their work, and would definitely recommend the scheme to other businesses. 

“Not only did the scheme benefit the apprentice but it really helped our current staff too – there’s nothing like consolidating your own skills by teaching someone else.”

Over the last six months, the apprentice has been given training support from a company called Buttercups which has helped them achieve an NVQ2 in Pharmaceutical Services.

The qualification means the apprentice is trained should they wish to pursue a career in retail or hospital pharmacy at the end of the scheme.

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