The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is encouraging eligible job seekers in Brisbane to retrain as Pharmacy Assistants via the Queensland Government’s Community Work Skills and work in Queensland’s network of almost 1,200 community pharmacies.
The Community Work Skills course is fully subsidised for eligible participants through the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program. Following the delivery of seven Community Work Skill courses throughout 2021, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, will deliver more courses in the new year with the first cohort commencing on Monday 17 January 2022.
On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a SIR20116 Certificate II in Community Pharmacy and gain the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of community pharmacy customers and patients.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s President, Chris Owen, said the fully-funded program offered an excellent opportunity for community members to join the pharmacy profession.
“We are delighted that we’re able to give people a chance to participate in this Program and begin a new career path in community pharmacy in the new year,” said Mr. Owen.
“I have heard many stories from participants who have endured the lockdowns and become unemployed because of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Community Work Skills course has provided them with a unique opportunity to retrain and upskill to become a Pharmacy Assistant.”
“There has been a lot of interest in previous cohorts of the Program. So far, we’ve had over 150 Queenslanders complete the course in the last 12 months,” Mr. Owen said.
The Community Work Skills course is a seven-week, COVID-Safe, face-to-face course with the next cohort to take place from Monday 17 January to Friday 4 March 2022. The course incorporates 10-days of vocational placement in a community pharmacy where participants can put their learning into action and gain practical experience.
Places are limited. For the January 2022 course, interested participants are encouraged to complete their expression of interest before the end of the year.