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SHIRLEY WALKER, Area Manager
Since joining us on a summer placement alongside her pharmacy degree, Shirley’s 20-year career with Boots has taken her all over the country, in all kinds of roles. From management to clinical positions, Shirley has gone way beyond her dream of becoming a Pharmacist with the UK’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. Read the full story here.
LIZ HEWITT, Senior Christmas Buying Manager
Liz’s journey started in 2003 as a Buying Assistant in the Washing & Bathing Category. Now her role is a little more festive, building our Christmas range from scratch every year. That means she gets to think about Christmas every single day! Liz is particularly proud of co-leading a huge team that removed over 2,000 tonnes of plastic from our range. Read more here.
ANNE HIGGINS, Stores Director
Since joining Boots as a Pre-registration Pharmacist in 1997, Anne has seen way more than just her career grow with Boots. She’s worked in pharmacy, retail, management and HR, before being appointed a major leadership role as a Stores Director. Read Anne’s story here.
UPKAR SONDH, Head of Optometrist Performance & Development – Boots Opticians
Upkar has been with Boots Opticians for over 17 years since joining in 2004 as an Optical Assistant and since then, has gone on to achieve clinical qualifications as an Optometrist and taken on roles in management and within our Support Office. Throughout this varied career, Upkar has always followed his passion to become the clinician and leader he wants to be. Read about his journey here.
CHARLOTTE GOODACRE, No7 Regional Business Manager
Since joining us over 12 years ago, Charlotte has used her passion for beauty and customer care to empower others to feel great; from supporting cancer patients as a trained Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor to inspiring her store teams to be their best. Progressing from Beauty Advisor to Regional Business Manager, Charlotte has experienced many opportunities to grow her confidence and develop her career. Read her inspiring story here.
Learning & development
Our Learning & Development Programmes are available for all UK colleagues in eligible roles, so you’ll have everything you need to learn, grow and be inspired.
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If you’re a new or aspiring Pharmacist, we’ll guide you through the best start to your professional pharmacy career, beginning with placements for undergraduates through to the Trainee Pharmacist programme and into your Newly Qualified year, all supported by our fantastic Healthcare Academy Trainers.
Experienced Pharmacists can also keep their clinical and commercial skills up to date with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning and events.
For our Pharmacy Support teams, our regulated and accredited programmes are designed to develop your skills as a Pharmacy Advisor, Pharmacy Technician, or Accuracy Checking Technician, and help you support our customers’ and patients’ changing wellbeing needs.
This is all underpinned by our Pharmacy Services Training, enabling colleagues to provide safe, effective and innovative services.
A variety of learning is available to store teams and leaders to support their development of essential retail skills. From our award winning customer service programme which is recognised and accredited by the Institute of Customer Service to advanced skills in a variety of areas including fragrance, photo and healthcare, you’ll develop the knowledge to give our customers brilliant advice on the products and services we offer.
Designed with care in mind, these programmes cover resilience and wellbeing, coaching, leading a team and much more. Whether it’s digital learning, self reflection, podcasts or even apprenticeships, there are lots of options to develop within our Support Office and Supply Chain.
If you’re on your journey to becoming a qualified Optometrist or Clinician, you’ll be supported by our Pre-registration and Foundation Optometrists programmes, or via our Student Dispensing/Contact Lens Opticians courses (delivered in partnership with ABDO college) to enable you to confidently provide professional care to patients.
Experienced Clinicians will have lots of opportunities to keep your professional skills and knowledge up to date through Continuing Education & Training (CET) and for our Optical Consultant colleagues, the Boots Opticians Optical Skills Training (B.O.O.S.T) provides essential customer service and technical ability to support our customers and patients brilliantly.
As an Opticians Store Leader, you’ll develop commercial leadership skills and a broader understanding of how to lead a team safely and effectively.
Our Leadership programmes will give you the skills you need to delegate and empower, drive productivity, improve performance, and plenty more. Whether you’re a newly appointed leader or stepping into a senior role, training is available to all of our leaders and is easily accessible, delivered both independently and as part of a group.
Our in-role apprenticeships help you gain A-Level equivalent qualifications, right up to Foundation Degree level accreditation. We’ll offer you all the training and development you need to be a strong, capable leader.
As a new Beauty colleague, you’ll receive the best start with a 13-week induction to develop your product knowledge and your ability to offer unbiased advice on all of our amazing brands. But it doesn’t stop there, ongoing training will also cover new brands, products and techniques, as well as an invite to our market leading, 6 monthly beauty conference.
For our No7 team members, you will become experts in No7 products and match made services, as well as having the opportunity to volunteer for additional training to become a Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor, supporting those who are experiencing visible side effects of cancer treatments.
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