Rebecca, prescribing support pharmacy technician, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Rebecca is a prescribing support pharmacy technician, who started her career in pharmacy as a Modern Apprentice. Rebecca decided to do an apprenticeship because she really liked the idea of learning on the job and studying at the same time.

"When I was looking into doing the apprenticeship, I did lots of research into the job and I found lots of information on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website."

Watch our video to find out more about Rebecca's experience as a Modern Apprentice in the NHS.

I'm Rebecca. I'm a prescribing support technician.

I started my Modern Apprenticeship in July 2017 and completed that in August 2019 and then started my current role in September 2019.

I heard about the apprenticeship through a family friend sharing it on Facebook.

I decided to do an apprenticeship because I was looking for a new career path and I really liked the idea of learning on the job and studying as well.

I chose the apprenticeship that I did, because it included science which I'd done at school and I wanted to find a job kind of related.

When I was looking into doing the apprenticeship, I did lots of research into the job and I found lots of information on the Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.

I attended college on day release one day a week and done my college work that day and my management team were really supportive and give me time within working hours to carry out the SVQ.

After my two-year apprenticeship I qualified as a pharmacy technician and that led me on to get a job in prescribing support, which is where I wanted to work.

The things I like most about my job are that I get to speak to patients and make sure they know what they're doing with their medicines and support them to use their medicines safely. I also work in prescribing support where there's lots of opportunities to go into different specialties, for example, care homes pharmacotherapy, or compliance service.

The parts of my job that I find the most challenging is managing workload. Some days are busier than others and due to the current pandemic, we've had to work from home, which has been a challenge in itself.

The advice I'd give others thinking about applying for an apprenticeship is the NHS is to do research online to find the apprenticeship that suits you and interests you best. And if there's an opportunity to ask questions, I recommend you do that.