Our Apprenticeship Programmes

Beauty
Optical Assistant
Pharmacy Advisor
Support Office
  • Beauty Beauty
    Beauty Beauty

    With your love of all things beauty and knowledge of the hottest products and styles you already stand out from the crowd. As a Beauty and Make up Apprentice you’ll learn techniques from the best, making customers feel fantastic. Join us, and together we can make feel good happen.

    • Intermediate level
    • min 1 year
    • various locations
  • Optical Assistant Optical Assistant
    Optical Assistant Optical Assistant

    As an Optical Assistant Apprentice, you’ll get to learn some valuable skills that will really make a difference to customers’ lives. Bring your energy and passion to the business, and together we’ll find new and innovative ways to support our customers and shape our future.

    • Intermediate level
    • min 1 year
    • various locations
  • Pharmacy Advisor Pharmacy Advisor
    Pharmacy Advisor Pharmacy Advisor

    As a Pharmacy Advisor Apprentice, you’ll be a key part of our Pharmacy team that makes a positive difference to the lives of our patients and customers, and you’ll do life changing work every day.

    • Intermediate level
    • min 1 year
    • various locations
  • Support Office Support Office
    Support Office Support Office

    As an apprentice on one of our Support Office Apprenticeship Programmes, we will give you a solid foundation in the world of business. Bring your passion and enthusiasm to make a real difference and help our business grow. Join us, and together we can make feel good happen.

    • Intermediate, Advanced, Higher & Degree level
    • 1-4 years
    • Nottingham

We know Beauty is about more than just looking good, it’s about embracing our differences, knowing what makes us special and being comfortable in our own skin. On our Beauty & Make Up Apprenticeship as well as becoming an expert in brands, products and technique, you’ll also quickly learn how a personal service makes our customers feel incredible.

Is this you?

You must be 16 or older on the day you start the apprenticeship and have achieved or be on track to achieve Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent or be willing to work towards achieving it as part of your apprenticeship.

With a real passion for beauty, brands and current trends picked up from influencers and experts, you’ll be good at working with others in your team while also being prepared to learn and develop your skills. Customer care will be at the heart of everything you do.

Sound like you? Apply today.

Your Journey

You’ll work in store as a key member of the beauty team and will be fully supported as you learn all about Boots and your role.

A dedicated assessor-tutor will guide you through this Level 2 Beauty and Make Up Consultant Intermediate Apprenticeship, giving you all the help and support to unlock your potential. On successful completion, you’ll be offered a role as a Boots Beauty Specialist or No7 Advisor.

This apprenticeship will open your eyes to a new career. You’ll experience every aspect of optical retail from giving lifestyle care and advice to patients to supporting your colleagues, all within a clinical framework. You’ll thrive with your strong communication skills, passion for excellent customer service and curiosity to learn about optics.

Is this you?

You must be 16 or older on the day you start the apprenticeship and have achieved or be on track to achieve Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent or be willing to work towards achieving it as part of your apprenticeship. You’ll be friendly, approachable and really want to help others to look and feel amazing. This is a really important role, so you’ll need to have good attention to detail and be ready to learn.

As part of a team from day one, you’ll be a natural communicator who’s fantastic at building relationships.

Sound like you? Apply today.

Your Journey

Working in a practice from day one of your intermediate apprenticeship, you’ll be a key member of the team, fully supported in learning about Boots Opticians and your role.

A dedicated assessor-tutor will guide you through the Level 2 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship, giving you all the help and support you need to successfully complete it. And when you do, you’ll be offered a role as an Optical Consultant.

There are lots of opportunities after completing your apprenticeship depending on what is right for you. Here are some examples on how our apprentices have progressed.

Opticians Career Progression Routes

You’ll train to become a Pharmacy Advisor. Working alongside your mentor you’ll get to experience work in the dispensary and on our healthcare counters.

On completion of the Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship you’ll be confident across these key areas, delivering excellent customer care to every patient and customer you help.

Is this you?

You must be 16 or older on the day you start the apprenticeship and have achieved or be on track to achieve Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent or be willing to work towards achieving it as part of your apprenticeship. You’ll be friendly, approachable and really want to give the best possible care and advice. This is a really important role, so you’ll need to have good attention to detail and be ready to learn.

As part of a team from day one, you’ll be a natural communicator who’s fantastic at building relationships.

Sound like you? Apply today.

Your journey

Working in a pharmacy from day one of your intermediate apprenticeship, you’ll be fully supported as you learn all about Boots and your role.

A dedicated assessor tutor will guide you through the Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship, giving you all the help and support you need to unlock your potential, and successfully complete it. And when you do, you’ll be offered a role as a Pharmacy Advisor.

There are lots of opportunities after completing your apprenticeship depending on what is right for you. Here are some examples on how our apprentices have progressed.

Pharmacy Career Progression Routes

We have different types and levels of apprenticeships that are advertised throughout the year. From Marketing to Finance, HR to IT, Supply Chain to New Product Development all working collaboratively together to support our stores, customers and colleagues. There are so many ways you can kick-start your career with us.

Is this you?

You must be 16 or older on the day you start the apprenticeship, depending on which level of apprenticeship you choose the entry qualifications may differ but mostly you must have achieved or be on track to achieve Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent. Check out our vacancies for further details.

With adaptability, curiosity, good communication skills and being an active team player, you’ll thrive in this fast-paced environment

Your journey

With all our Support Office Apprenticeships, you will be working as a core member of the team from day one, your line manager and team colleagues will support you as you learn all about Boots and your role.

A dedicated development coach will guide you through your chosen apprenticeship give you all the help and support you need to unlock your potential, and successful complete it.

Your learning and development

As soon as you join one of our apprenticeship programmes you become a valued Boots colleague in a permanent role. Whatever programme you’re on we know how important it is that you’re set up for success, right from the start.

That’s why every new apprentice has an intensive induction, where you’ll learn all about the business and meet other apprentices. You’ll then start learning straightaway, both on and off-the-job through E-learning modules, on-the-job observations and face-to-face workshops.

As support is at the heart of our culture you’ll be helped not just by your tutor, but your colleagues, line managers and our dedicated apprenticeship team throughout your apprenticeship. You’ll also have access to an experienced buddy apprentice who’ll guide you through the programme.

Your learning and development

Our Application Process

Our apprenticeship vacancies can go live at any time of the year, so if you see one that you’re interested in, please don’t delay in applying. Don’t worry if you don’t see your choice of apprenticeship, you can register your interest and we’ll contact you to let you know when our applications are live. Also don’t forget to follow our social media channels to keep up to date.

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4

The application

You’ll be asked to give your details and your latest CV. We’ll then ask a number of motivational and qualifying questions.

The application

Online assessment

We’ll then send you an email with a link, asking you to complete our online assessment.

Online assessment

For in store apprenticeships - In-store assessment

If you’re successful for our Pharmacy, Opticians and Beauty apprenticeships we’ll book you in for an interview/assessment at one of our stores. This stage consists of a one-to-one interview with a hiring manager and a mini assessment on the shop floor.

For Support Office apprenticeships – Assessment Centre

If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre at our Support Office in Nottingham. This is designed for us to get to know you better and for you to decide if Boots is right for you. There will be a number of activities including an interview, group work, individual practical tests and a presentation.

For in store apprenticeships - In-store assessment

The offer

We’ll be in touch to let you know if you’ve made it on to an apprenticeship. If you’re unsuccessful, don’t give up. We offer feedback to help you with future applications, whether that’s with us or another organisation.

The offer

Our Culture

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With around 2,500 Boots stores across the UK, around 90% of the population is estimated to be within a 10-minute drive from one of them. Our store atmosphere is always fun and lively, especially around Christmas time. We pride ourselves on being at the heart of the community and helping customers and colleagues to feel good.Boots has been a big part of the city of Nottingham for over 170 years and it’s where our Support Office is located. Nottingham is a vibrant city with lots to offer; great shopping and lively music, fashion and sports scenes.
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We want to make a real impact in the communities our customers and colleagues live and work in. We can't do this alone, which is why we're so passionate about our work through our strategic, long-term partnerships with Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia Friends, WE and The Prince's Trust. As part of our Early Careers programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, support and have fun.
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We want to make a real impact in the communities our customers and colleagues live and work in. We can't do this alone, which is why we're so passionate about our work through our strategic, long-term partnerships with Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia Friends, WE and The Prince's Trust. As part of our Early Careers programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, support and have fun.
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We want to make a real impact in the communities our customers and colleagues live and work in. We can't do this alone, which is why we're so passionate about our work through our strategic, long-term partnerships with Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia Friends, WE and The Prince's Trust. As part of our Early Careers programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, support and have fun.
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We want to make a real impact in the communities our customers and colleagues live and work in. We can't do this alone, which is why we're so passionate about our work through our strategic, long-term partnerships with Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia Friends, WE and The Prince's Trust. As part of our Early Careers programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, support and have fun.
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We want to make a real impact in the communities our customers and colleagues live and work in. We can't do this alone, which is why we're so passionate about our work through our strategic, long-term partnerships with Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia Friends, WE and The Prince's Trust. As part of our Early Careers programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, support and have fun.

Stories

Gabriel

I started here as a Christmas Temp and could never have predicted that five years later I’d still be with the company, as an apprentice in a career I’m really excited about."

- Gabriel

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Melissa

I was delighted when I got the role, especially considering how competitive apprenticeship opportunities are in this area."

- Melissa

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George King

My advice to any A-level student, or anyone who is interested in learning on the job, would be to make the most out of every opportunity – attend careers fairs, speak to old and new apprentices at Boots and throw yourself into it. Each one of us has had a different experience and had different reasons for applying but we’ve all come a long way since day one."

- George King

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Our Team

Early Careers and Education Team

From recruitment to learning and development, we’ll be with you every step of your journey. We’ll support you to expand the skills you already have and learn new ones along the way. Making sure you become the best you can be.

Early Careers and Education Team

Early Careers and Education Team

From recruitment to learning and development, we’ll be with you every step of your journey. We’ll support you to expand the skills you already have and learn new ones along the way. Making sure you become the best you can be.

Parents & teachers

Do you know someone who’s thinking about their future?   Whether you’re a parent, teacher, a careers advisor or a friend, we want to help you, help them.

Apprenticeships have so much to offer including; expanding on the skills learnt in education or from previous roles, protected learning time, help and support during the apprenticeship.  After completing an apprenticeship there are some great career pathways to follow, this is just the start of their career with us and who knows where this could lead.

Do you know someone who’s thinking about their future?   Whether you’re a parent, teacher, a careers advisor or a friend, we want to help you, help them.

Apprenticeships have so much to offer including; expanding on the skills learnt in education or from previous roles, protected learning time, help and support during the apprenticeship.  After completing an apprenticeship there are some great career pathways to follow, this is just the start of their career with us and who knows where this could lead.

At Boots, we understand the importance of developing essential skills for individuals to thrive in education and set them up for success when transitioning into employment.
We also understand, that it’s key for young people to clearly see common and simple language throughout the recruitment process e.g. in job adverts, at interview about what skills they have learnt and how they can put these into practice in the workplace.

The Skills Builder Partnership has produced the Skills Builder Framework. This framework is being used in many primary and secondary schools and colleges across the UK, providing toolkits, classroom resources, training and support to embed key essential skills.

At Boots, we understand the importance of developing essential skills for individuals to thrive in education and set them up for success when transitioning into employment.
We also understand, that it’s key for young people to clearly see common and simple language throughout the recruitment process e.g. in job adverts, at interview about what skills they have learnt and how they can put these into practice in the workplace.

The Skills Builder Partnership has produced the Skills Builder Framework. This framework is being used in many primary and secondary schools and colleges across the UK, providing toolkits, classroom resources, training and support to embed key essential skills.

At Boots, we are using the Skills Builder Framework to make things easier for young people during their recruitment journey with us, using simple language about the essential skills required for a role – language that they will be aware of from school/college and understand.   Essential skills like; listening, problem solving, using your creativity and being a great team-player.   This simple language will be in our job adverts, hints and tips for interviews or at the interview stage.

To find out more visit www.skillsbuilder.org

At Boots, we are using the Skills Builder Framework to make things easier for young people during their recruitment journey with us, using simple language about the essential skills required for a role – language that they will be aware of from school/college and understand.   Essential skills like; listening, problem solving, using your creativity and being a great team-player.   This simple language will be in our job adverts, hints and tips for interviews or at the interview stage.

To find out more visit www.skillsbuilder.org

Safeguarding

At Boots we are committed to caring and keeping all our colleagues safe, including all the apprentices on our programmes. In this section we will provide you with some key information on Safeguarding and Prevent and what we are doing to promote the safety and welfare of all our colleagues.

What is Safeguarding and Prevent?

Safeguarding is about protecting people from being harmed whether that be to themselves or by others.  Not letting anything affect their physical or mental health or hold back a young person’s development.  It’s also about taking responsibility for helping them get the support they need.

Prevent is about safeguarding people from the threat of terrorism.  It is part of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy aimed at protecting people from radicalisation, so they’re not drawn towards extremism.

What is Safeguarding and Prevent?

What is Safeguarding and Prevent?

Safeguarding is about protecting people from being harmed whether that be to themselves or by others.  Not letting anything affect their physical or mental health or hold back a young person’s development.  It’s also about taking responsibility for helping them get the support they need.

Prevent is about safeguarding people from the threat of terrorism.  It is part of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy aimed at protecting people from radicalisation, so they’re not drawn towards extremism.

Safeguarding at Boots

Our Safeguarding policy outlines key areas of responsibility and the processes and procedures we have in place in which we operate in.  We ensure all colleagues, including apprentices and their line managers are aware of this policy which can be accessed via our company intranet. We also ensure they and anyone who represents Boots at community activities, completes the e-learning training to fully understand our Safeguarding and Prevent responsibilities

All members of our Apprenticeship team, also complete regular e-learning and training for both Safeguarding and Prevent and also deliver training to all our apprentices, to ensure they are fully aware and equipped to deal with any related issues.

We also have trained personnel and a dedicated helpline for all colleagues as well as free, confidential support assistance through LifeWorks, our third party provider.

Safeguarding at Boots

Safeguarding at Boots

Our Safeguarding policy outlines key areas of responsibility and the processes and procedures we have in place in which we operate in.  We ensure all colleagues, including apprentices and their line managers are aware of this policy which can be accessed via our company intranet. We also ensure they and anyone who represents Boots at community activities, completes the e-learning training to fully understand our Safeguarding and Prevent responsibilities

All members of our Apprenticeship team, also complete regular e-learning and training for both Safeguarding and Prevent and also deliver training to all our apprentices, to ensure they are fully aware and equipped to deal with any related issues.

We also have trained personnel and a dedicated helpline for all colleagues as well as free, confidential support assistance through LifeWorks, our third party provider.

FAQs

QWill you give study time during the apprenticeship?

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All apprentices get the time and opportunity to study so you can achieve apprenticeship success. We’ll also support you to develop your skills further including; communication, problem solving, teamwork, time management and prioritising skills to name a few - so you can get this balance right.

QWhat support will I be given during my apprenticeship?

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You'll be allocated an Assessor-tutor and mentor who will be on hand to support you throughout your apprenticeship. You'll work closely with your line manager and team colleagues to be the best you can be in your role.

QWhat happens if I decide the apprenticeship isn't for me?

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We hope our apprenticeship programme will be a fantastic experience, but we’re aware that for some people, it might not be the right fit. If this is the case, we'd recommend you speak to both your line manager and assessor-tutor about how you feel to see if they can help. However, if you still decide to leave the apprenticeship, your line manager can advise about your notice period.

QWhat happens when I finish my apprenticeship?

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The apprenticeship will help to prepare you for a career once you complete it. We build your knowledge, skills and behaviours, helping you to be successful in your permanent role and progress within the business with the support of your line manager.

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