Vision Express had enrolled its latest cohort of apprentices, who will complete a 13-month employee scheme with the opportunity to secure a full-time position as an optical assistant with the multiple afterwards.
The multiple received more than 5500 applications for this year’s programme, with 46 people applying for every place it could offer.
The 17 successful applicants began their first day of the scheme with a day at the Vision Express support office in Nottingham last week (8 March).
Apprentices will finish the programme with a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health (Optical Retail) qualification, which is equivalent to five GCSEs.
By offering the apprenticeship programme, Vision Express aims to help tackle the issue of youth unemployment and meets its pledge to have 5% of its workforce comprising young people who are on a structured training scheme over the next five years.
Director of human resources at Vision Express, Kate Clayton, said: “We’ve received an average of 46 applicants per position, which is a measure of just how much demand exists for a structured apprenticeship scheme, with a growing company that can offer unique and diverse career potential.”
She added that feedback from last year’s graduates was very positive
A total of 181 people have been offered an apprenticeship with Vision Express since the scheme was launched.