Specsavers has marked the achievements of its latest cohort of qualifying optical dispensers and hearing care assistants at a graduation ceremony last month (27 November).
A total 250 of the multiple’s dispensing assistants across the UK and Ireland successfully gained their Level 4 certificate in optical dispensing this year. More than 1300 employees have passed the qualification since it was introduced five years ago, with Specsavers reporting that around 100 Specsavers students a year progress to qualify as dispensing opticians.
Over 500 Specsavers staff in the Nordics and Netherlands have also completed the qualification, as well as hundreds in Australia and New Zealand, where the qualification was first established.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, co-founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins, thanked the graduates for their hard work and motivation. “Your qualification means that you now form part of the new, skilled frontline teams able to support the extended role that our optometrists and audiologists will play in the provision of primary and secondary healthcare on the High Street – working together to make eye health and hearing care even more accessible to the people who need it,” she said.
The Level 4 certificate in optical dispensing and Level 4 diploma for hearing care assistants form part of Specsavers’ dispensing and audiology career path that it offers its employees.