Welcome to our Apprenticeship Hub

Welcome to our Apprenticeship Hub

Thinking about an apprenticeship? It can be a great way to find your dream career. As an apprentice with us, you’ll learn all you need to know about our business and colleagues. We offer a wide range of programmes throughout the business from finance, to marketing, to pharmacy and much more. Our apprenticeship programmes give you an interesting mix of on-the-job training and study as you gain practical knowledge alongside your apprenticeship. Ranging from twelve months to four years, our apprenticeship programmes give you the time and opportunity to practice your skills in a real work environment without the worry of student debt.

Our programmes

Pharmacy
Intermediate programmes

Programme information

Help every person that walks through the door. This programme trains you to become a pharmacy advisor, helping you work confidently across all dispensary and healthcare areas of the business. You’ll be allocated a pharmacist or technician mentor during the programme and work within the dispensary and healthcare area of the store, receiving a Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship Standard at the end.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old.

Programme length

A minimum of 1 year

Location

You will be working towards a Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.

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Support Office

Intermediate programmes

Warehousing

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

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Advanced programmes

Science

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

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Engineering

Programme information

Keep our machines ticking. This programme allows you to develop a set of core engineering skills, building the foundations for your future career. As part of our engineering team, you’ll make sure all our operations continue to run smoothly and efficiently, ensuring we offer the very best service to our customers.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old and have a GCSE in Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/C or above, or an equivalent qualification.

Programme length

3 years

Location

Nottingham

Apprenticeship

Level 3 Engineering

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Business

Programme information

Be the reason our customers shop with us. As part of our buying team, you’ll work cross-functionally and sometimes internationally to source a variety of competitive ranges. The programme teaches you about delivering sales, profit budgeting, promotions and more, as you learn how to anticipate our customer’s needs.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old and have a GCSE in Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/ C or above.

Programme length

12-18 months

Location

Nottingham

Apprenticeship

Level 3 Business Administration

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Higher & Degree programmes

Marketing

Programme information

Start the conversation. Our marketing team play a key role in creating compelling propositions for our customers to shop with us. During the programme, you’ll work collaboratively in this department to help deliver exciting campaigns that support our overall commercial plan.

More information on this programme coming soon.

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HR

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

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Finance

Programme information

Make the numbers count. This programme gives you a foundation in the world of finance. Learn from our experts and engage with key stakeholders about business strategy, growth, controls and ultimately, the profit and loss of our business both here and internationally.

Programme requirements

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

2-3 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Level 4 Professional Accounting/ Taxation Technician

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Supply Chain UK

Programme information

It’s more than A to B. On this programme you’ll learn about the different areas of our supply chain for retail supply and warehousing and logistics. You’ll work collaboratively across the departments to ensure our products are available in-store and online. You’ll help to plan for future requirements, making sure the right products are in the right place, at the right time.

Programme requirements

You must have achieved one of the following:

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

3-4 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

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Buying

Programme information

Our Buying team are at the heart of our business and play a critical role creating compelling reasons for customers to shop at Boots. They are a fast-paced and dynamic team, working cross-functionally to deliver a differentiated, competitive and customer led range in store. The team are accountable for delivering the sales and profit budget using the key levers of range, price, promotions and distribution to delight our customers enabling them to ‘feel good’.

Programme requirements

You must have achieved one of the following:

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

3-4 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Register your interest

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Opticians
Intermediate programmes

Programme information

An eye-opener. From giving lifestyle care and advice to patients and customers for their eyewear needs, to supporting your fellow colleagues, this programme lets you explore all aspects of optical retail. You must have strong communication skills with a passion for excellent customer service, and a curiosity to learn about optics within a clinical framework.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old when they join us.

Programme length

A minimum of 1 year.

Location

England

Apprenticeship

You will be working towards a Level 2 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

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Our programmes

Pharmacy
Intermediate programmes
Support Office Opticians

Programme information

Help every person that walks through the door. This programme trains you to become a pharmacy advisor, helping you work confidently across all dispensary and healthcare areas of the business. You’ll be allocated a pharmacist or technician mentor during the programme and work within the dispensary and healthcare area of the store, receiving a Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship Standard at the end.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old.

Programme length

A minimum of 1 year

Location

You will be working towards a Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.

Apply now

Warehousing

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

Science Engineering Business

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

Programme information

Keep our machines ticking. This programme allows you to develop a set of core engineering skills, building the foundations for your future career. As part of our engineering team, you’ll make sure all our operations continue to run smoothly and efficiently, ensuring we offer the very best service to our customers.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old and have a GCSE in Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/C or above, or an equivalent qualification.

Programme length

3 years

Location

Nottingham

Apprenticeship

Level 3 Engineering

Register your interest

Programme information

Be the reason our customers shop with us. As part of our buying team, you’ll work cross-functionally and sometimes internationally to source a variety of competitive ranges. The programme teaches you about delivering sales, profit budgeting, promotions and more, as you learn how to anticipate our customer’s needs.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old and have a GCSE in Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/ C or above.

Programme length

12-18 months

Location

Nottingham

Apprenticeship

Level 3 Business Administration

Register your interest

Marketing HR Finance Supply Chain UK Buying

Programme information

Start the conversation. Our marketing team play a key role in creating compelling propositions for our customers to shop with us. During the programme, you’ll work collaboratively in this department to help deliver exciting campaigns that support our overall commercial plan.

More information on this programme coming soon.

At the moment we don’t have any opportunities within this area – but please come back soon we update roles all the time.

Programme information

Make the numbers count. This programme gives you a foundation in the world of finance. Learn from our experts and engage with key stakeholders about business strategy, growth, controls and ultimately, the profit and loss of our business both here and internationally.

Programme requirements

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

2-3 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Level 4 Professional Accounting/ Taxation Technician

Register your interest

Programme information

It’s more than A to B. On this programme you’ll learn about the different areas of our supply chain for retail supply and warehousing and logistics. You’ll work collaboratively across the departments to ensure our products are available in-store and online. You’ll help to plan for future requirements, making sure the right products are in the right place, at the right time.

Programme requirements

You must have achieved one of the following:

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

3-4 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Register your interest

Programme information

Our Buying team are at the heart of our business and play a critical role creating compelling reasons for customers to shop at Boots. They are a fast-paced and dynamic team, working cross-functionally to deliver a differentiated, competitive and customer led range in store. The team are accountable for delivering the sales and profit budget using the key levers of range, price, promotions and distribution to delight our customers enabling them to ‘feel good’.

Programme requirements

You must have achieved one of the following:

  • 3 A Levels at Grade B or above
  • 120 UCAS points / 300 old UCAS old system
  • An advanced Level Apprenticeship

Programme length

3-4 years

Location

Nottingham

Qualification

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Register your interest

Programme information

An eye-opener. From giving lifestyle care and advice to patients and customers for their eyewear needs, to supporting your fellow colleagues, this programme lets you explore all aspects of optical retail. You must have strong communication skills with a passion for excellent customer service, and a curiosity to learn about optics within a clinical framework.

Programme requirements

Applicants must be 16+ years old when they join us.

Programme length

A minimum of 1 year.

Location

England

Apprenticeship

You will be working towards a Level 2 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

Register your interest

Our culture

Our stores Our Boots Opticians stores Nottingham Life Events

With around 2,500 health and beauty stores across the UK, approximately 90% of the population is estimated to be within a 10-minute drive from one of them. For each store, we have developed a multi-format strategy – focusing on giving our customers more of what they want and need. Through the care of our friendly and professional colleagues and our ‘Order & Collect’ service, we make sure our customers have easy access to any of our products, from any of our stores.

Local pharmacy

These stores are healthcare-focused, community stores. These aim to reach even more of our customers where they want us and work closely with other local healthcare providers to keep local communities healthy.

Health and beauty

Usually located at the edge of town, or on the high-street, these stores offer pharmacy-led care while also acting as a destination for shopping. They offer a wide range of products, including all of our leading brands.

Flagship store

These stores have our widest healthcare offering, including extensive pharmacy services, our Opticians Practices and our Hearingcare locations and the biggest range of premium beauty and exclusive brands.

Travel and airport stores

These have targeted ranges, meeting the last-minute needs of our customers when they are travelling.

Boots Opticians is one of the leading opticians in the UK with around 637 practices (about 178 of these are run as franchises).

Through the care of our friendly colleagues, we make sure our customers have access to what they need through our ‘Clearer pricing, Clearer vision’ strategy. This champions health, value and price – making sure every customer has the best experience. In 2013, we became the first multiple optician in the UK to include digital retinal photography as a standard element of its eye test for customers of all ages.

In-store practices

These practices are located inside our larger Boots UK stores. These aim to offer a greater healthcare offering through shared services and cater for all our customer’s health needs in one location.

Standalone practices

Located on the high street and on the edge of towns, these stores offer a full array of eye care services. Depending on size and location, they offer up to ten clinics a day. They are an even mix of standalone stores, franchises and core-owned practices.

Nottingham is proud to be a city of culture. It’s home to one of the largest contemporary art centres in the UK, the Nottingham Contemporary as well as the New Art Exchange are dedicated to African, African-Caribbean and Asian art. It’s also a great place for theatre lovers. Visit the Nottingham Playhouse or Royal Centre to experience a diverse mix of productions. The city also boasts some cool cinemas, including a surviving pre-second world war cinema and the Broadway Media Centre, showing an interesting mix of independent and foreign films.

Good vibes

Despite being a large city, Nottingham still has a community feel to it. Founded by a local creative, the LeftLion magazine is a great go-to guide for what’s on in the city. Meander around the hidden streets and you’ll discover a fascinating array of small independent shops, like the Five Leaves Bookshop. A key event in its calendar is annually playing host to the Nottinghamshire Pride festival.

Rich heritage

From Nottingham Castle to Sherwood Forest, this city has a charming historical significance. Not only famous for its connections with Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest was famously the place where King John is said to have taken counsel here with his advisors, way back in the thirteenth century. Nottingham offers great ways to immerse yourself in its past. Find out about the intriguing history of crime and punishment at the Galleries of Justice, or discover its social history over the last 300 years at the Museum of Nottingham Life.

“An apprenticeship at Boots has allowed me to grow in confidence while working in a healthcare setting. It really makes you value the importance of good health and looking after others.”

Zara Lydiatt — Healthcare Apprentice, 2017

“I had the privilege to take part in my store’s BBC Children in Need fundraiser. We had all the beauty counters giving makeovers and even Pudsey visited for the day. It was amazing to see how important this was not just for Boots, but every colleague involved. Our store raised over £1,000!”

Elle Cooper — Support Office Apprentice, 2017

“When I was working towards my A Levels, I never thought that I would be working for a massive company at the age of 19.”

Alice Pett — Support Office Apprentice, 2017

“The apprenticeship scheme has provided me with a whole range of experiences; from a day job working with well-known healthcare brands, to a project that improves processes at our warehouse, to organising a live music night for BBC Children in Need. There are so many opportunities available, it’s hard not to get involved!”

Jack Alliott — Support Office Apprentice, 2016

“The biggest thing that has stood out for me is the opportunities to continuously progress your career after the programme and there’s always someone there to help and guide you.”

Shannon Barrett — Pharmacy Advisor Apprentice, 2016

Our people

We’re committed to supporting our people, helping them to reach their full potential. Together, we provide them with the right skills for development, making sure they are the best they can be.

We’re looking for talented, passionate people who want to make a real difference. You must be an innovative and proactive go-getter who will help the business grow. In return, we’ll give you all the skills and knowledge you need to begin a successful career with us.

EMMA METCALF Senior Apprenticeships and Education Manager
HAYLEY WHITE Support Office Apprenticeship Manager
TONY NUZZOLESE Apprenticeships Manager
SARAH MEE Assistant Recruitment Manager Early Careers
HAYLEY DENNETT Recruitment Manager Early Careers
TRISH FRETTSOME Quality and Funding Manager

I started my career as an apprentice. Giving me a great foundation, I learnt all the essential knowledge and skills required to progress. I’m now responsible for our apprenticeships and education programmes, committed to delivering training that builds the right skills for our colleagues and organisation. We’re very passionate about helping colleagues reach their full potential through a variety of opportunities. Apprenticeships are one of the many routes offered to our colleagues, helping them to develop.

After working at Boots for many years, I joined the apprenticeship team in 2016. It’s my responsibility to coordinate our Support Office apprenticeship programmes, working closely with the business, our training providers and apprentices. My role is hugely rewarding and motivating, seeing our apprentices build their confidence and grow. I love having the opportunity to support others and help them realise the potential of their future career.

Working within the learning and education sector since 2002, I have supported organisations to identify talent, nurture and develop the teams of the future and deliver high quality training to groups of learners in a variety of roles. Working as part of the team responsible for guiding our apprentices in achieving their career and personal aspirations, my passion is to see people realising their true value and achieve success. We offer apprenticeships which help learners to develop, grow and shape their futures.

I’ve been with Boots for 5 years and started my career on the Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme. I’ve done many roles in the business so far, but I’m now in my dream role of an Assistant Recruitment Manager for the Talent Programmes supporting students to kick start their careers.

My role brings the career opportunities at Boots to life, helping everyone to understand the roles, departments and the company. I am with you on every step of the recruitment journey, ensuring you’ve got all the information you need for a quick and seamless application process.

Our people are fundamental to our success. They’re the ones who give inspiring and genuine care to our customers and patients. I feel my career at Boots has come full circle, from starting out as a Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator, to leading the early careers team. That’s Boots for you. Providing amazing opportunities and experience to help you succeed. The team and I are committed to giving you the best recruitment process experience, making sure you understand what to expect and are fully informed at every stage.

My name is Trish, and I joined Boots in July 2017 as the Quality and Funding Manager for the apprenticeship provision. I have been in the FE sector for over 20 years, working at Colleges and large national Training Providers. Previous to my FE roles, I was a Retail Manager for over 15 years and so it’s great that I can share my passion for both retail and education in one, here at Boots.
My role involves ensuring that our apprenticeship provision not only meets external standards, set by both Ofsted and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, but more importantly that each and every one of you have a great experience learning new skills, that will help develop you in to great employees, and open up the chance of a great career here at Boots.

Another part of my role is that of Designated Safeguarding Lead for apprentices. Safeguarding is about protecting people from being harmed, whether that be to themselves or by others. We have a full Safeguarding Policy in place, with systems and procedures to help support you if needed.

Our benefits

What's in it for me?

Emma Metcalf Senior Apprenticeships and Education Manager

When you join one of our apprenticeship programmes, you become a valued colleague. It doesn’t matter what programme you pick; we know how important it is to set you up for success, from the start. Every new apprentice has an intensive induction, teaching them about the business and introducing them to other apprentices.

All our apprenticeship programmes allow you to learn straight away with a blended approach through on-and-off-the-job training including:

  • E-Learning modules to understand the business in greater depth.
  • On-the-job observations to help put your learning into practice.
  • Face-to-face workshops to improve your knowledge and skill set.

Support is at the heart of our culture. During the programme, you’ll be helped not just by your tutor, but your colleagues, line managers and our dedicated apprenticeship team. You’ll also have access to an experienced buddy apprentice so they can guide you through the process.

Our application process

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The application

Apply via our programme section on our website. You’ll be asked to give your details and your latest CV. We’ll then ask a number of motivational and qualifying questions.

Online assessment

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

In-store assessment

If you’re successful, we’ll book an interview slot at one of our stores. This stage is a one-to-one interview with a store manager and three mini assessments on the shop floor.

The offer

The store manager will be in touch to let you know if you made it through. 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.

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The application

Apply via our programme section on our website. You’ll be asked to give your details and your latest CV. We’ll then ask a number of motivational and qualifying questions.

Online assessment

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

Assessment centre

If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to a half or full-day assessment centre (depending on the apprenticeship programme) at our Support Office in Nottingham. This is designed for us to get to know you better. This will be a number of activities including an interview, group work, individual practical tests and a presentation.

The offer

We’ll be in touch to let you know if you’ve made it through. If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to attend a day at our Support Office in Nottingham. This is a great way to meet other apprentices and future colleagues. If you are unsuccessful, don’t give up. We offer feedback to help you with future applications, whether that’s with us or another organisation.

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The application

Apply via our programme section on our website. You’ll be asked to give your details and your latest CV. We’ll then ask a number of motivational and qualifying questions.

Online assessment

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

The interview

If your application’s successful, you’ll be invited to book an interview slot which will take place at an Opticians store.

The offer

The practice manager will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your interview. 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.

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The application

Apply via our programme section on our website. You’ll be asked to give your details and your latest CV. We’ll then ask a number of motivational and qualifying questions.

The session

If your application’s successful, we’ll invite you to attend a session for us to get to know you at our Support Office in Nottingham. The session is an interview and a product-picking assessment.

The offer

We’ll be in touch to let you know if you made it through. 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.

How to prepare for your application

  • Create a CV
  • Write a personal statement
  • Get interview ready
  • Identify your strengths

Prepare for your application How to identify your strengths

FAQ

Candidates Parents/Teachers

What support will I be given before starting my apprenticeship?

When you’ve accepted your offer, we’ll ask you to become a member of our Facebook group where you can meet other successful candidates and ask questions to our recruitment team.

What happens if I decide the apprenticeship isn’t for me?

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 mentor and assessor 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.

I have a disability and need additional support, will this be a barrier for me?

Absolutely not. We give everyone an equal chance, providing support that’s right for you. We can give you additional time during the application or assessment centre stage and even make reasonable adjustments in the workplace – enabling you to be the best you can be.

Can I request feedback if I am unsuccessful?

Of course. We know how important it is to share feedback with unsuccessful candidates, making sure they improve and develop for next time.

What happens when I finish the programme?

The apprenticeship will help to prepare you for a career afterwards. We build your knowledge, skills and behaviours, helping you to progress with the business.

Will you give study time during the apprenticeship?

We give all apprentices the opportunity to study so they can achieve apprenticeship success. We help support them with time management and prioritising skills.

My child has a disability, or requires additional support, will this be a barrier for them?

Absolutely not. We give everyone an equal chance and provide them with the right support. This might be additional time during the application or assessment centre stage, or reasonable adjustments in the workplace to bring out their very best.

Will my son/daughter be given sufficient notice to enable them to prepare for their assessment centre?

Yes, we will give enough notice to make sure they have enough time to plan and practice for their assessment centre.

Do you give feedback after the assessment centre?

Of course, we know how important it is to share feedback with unsuccessful candidates, making sure they improve and develop for next time.

Parent/Teacher zone

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Do you know someone who is thinking about their future? Whether you’re a parent, teacher, a careers advisor or a friend, we want to help you, help them. Explore this area to find out more.

All of our apprentices are valued colleagues from day one and entitled to all the benefits we have to offer. They have real salary opportunities and paid holidays, with great progression opportunities to work alongside experienced colleagues and gain a great variety of skills for a long-term career. There are opportunities to progress onto a degree programme, without the debt that comes with a student loan. Plus, there’s our network of support and guidance, from line managers to other apprentices who have been through the same experiences.

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progression-support-officeNo matter which apprenticeship programme you join us on, the opportunities to progress and continue your development are endless. Whether you want to progress to the next level, or move to a different function to learn a new skill, we can support you through our wide range of apprenticeships.

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