Coinciding with the enrolment of its 1000th apprentice, Specsavers has revealed that its apprenticeship programme has received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
The Ofsted inspection lasted one week and the multiple received three days notice about the visit. A total of seven Ofsted inspectors visited practice and support offices. They observed training and assessment processes, reviewed data and interviewed stakeholders.
Inspectors judged the effectiveness of the delivery of Specsavers’ apprenticeships to be ‘good.’ The multiple also received a ‘good’ judgement for each contributory grade.
Commenting on the rating, head of apprenticeships at Specsavers, Mark Corden, said: “We’ve achieved this through investment in our team to ensure we deliver a strong programme that stands up to external scrutiny and delivers the skills we need in our stores.”
Madison Chancey, 21, joined Specsavers as its 1000th apprentice recently. Working in the multiple’s Brownhill practice, she is one of 300 apprentices currently on Specsavers’ programme.
Speaking about the training, Ms Chancey said: “Every day brings a new challenge or a new experience and it’s really rewarding. I’m not sure yet which career route I will take when I finish my apprenticeship – I might continue to train and become a dispensing optician, or I could specialise in contact lenses. There are so many options.”