A total of 550 second-year optometry undergraduates have been accepted on to Specsavers’ summer placement scheme this year.
Designed to enable students to “learn the ropes” before they graduate, the multiple offers a combination of four- and six-week placements.
Prior to beginning the placement, all students attend a two-hour development session at their university which focuses on team building and communication.
Speaking about the scheme, Cardiff university undergraduate, Kamila Owsianik, who is undertaking a placement in the Tiverton branch of the multiple, said: “The programme is so well organised and structured. Everyone in the store is committed to my development.
“I’m supervised by an optometrist and encouraged to get involved whenever there is an interesting case to see in the test room. I’m also getting great experience on the shop floor and have carried out several dispenses under supervision.”
It is the fifth consecutive year that Specsavers has offered the placements and it says that 550 of the estimated 700 second-year optometry undergraduates in the UK are completing the placement with the multiple.
Speaking about the benefits that the placements bring, Louise Iredale, Specsavers head of graduate recruitment and development, said: “The scheme has an excellent reputation among university students. From the feedback we get, it’s not just that it is well structured, it is also because of the personal nature of the relationship between the student and the store team. Students tell us that they feel they are treated as individuals – and this makes a real difference to them.”