Pharmacist Assistants Training Programme Project
Partner name: KwaZulu-Natal Progressive Primary Health Care
Project name: Pharmacist Assistants Training Programme
Funding round: CFP 1
Funding: Jobs Fund grant R10 082 000
Matched Funding R5 215 000
Window: Work seekers
Location: KwaZulu-Natal
Partners: None
Problem statement:
South African pharmacies do not have enough trained pharmacist assistants. At the same time, there is a major youth unemployment crisis and most matriculants do not have access to further education.
KwaZulu-Natal Progressive Primary Health Care was established in 1999 as a provincial non-profit organisation. It is fully accredited by the Health and Welfare SETA as a training service provider and it is mandated to issue credit-bearing certificates (levels 1 to 4 of the National Qualifications Framework). Its focus is on health education and skills development for disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas.
The Pharmacist Assistants Training Programme is a three-year programme that provides accredited pharmaceutical health and welfare training to unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35. The training has two certificate levels: basic pharmacist assistant and post-basic pharmacist assistant. After completing their training, beneficiaries will be placed in public- and private-sector pharmaceutical institutions. The training programme takes place over 12 months, offering 80 percent experiential learning and 20 percent theoretical learning. Learners are registered with the South African Pharmacy Council and placed at a learning site (a participating pharmacy with a registered tutor). Here they are assigned a facilitator to monitor their progress and provide additional support. Over the proposed three-year period, 200 learners, all first-time entrants in the job market, will be recruited and placed at pharmacies. Of the initial 200 learners, the top 80 will be able to attend post-basic pharmacist assistant training after completing their basic training.
Expected results:
Permanent placements with project partners 200
New short-term jobs 5
Training completed 280 (200 basic training and 80 post-basic training)