Optical apprentices have sights set on career development
More than 100 optical assistants celebrate completing Specsavers’ apprenticeship programme
Some 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company and more than one third of those go on to further studies with the multiple, with many training to become dispensing assistants through Specsavers’ externally-accredited Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates in Optical Dispensing. These in turn can lead to eventual qualification as a dispensing optician.
Graduate Lauren Smith (pictured centre) is now a training ambassador and merchandiser at the Specsavers Cribbs Causeway store in Bristol.
She said: “When I left school I knew I wanted a career in healthcare but didn’t feel university was for me. It was a really comprehensive programme and I learnt a huge amount which I am now putting into practice. I received lots of support from my colleagues and I’ve now started my Certificate 3 training to get my dispensing qualification.”