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Apprenticeship for optical assistants developed in Scotland

The qualification provides training on maintaining optical records and services

Optical assistant course delegates in Scotland
An apprenticeship for optical assistants in Scotland has been developed to provide unqualified staff with the opportunity to develop skills.

It offers a Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 5 qualification and provides training in areas such as maintaining optical records and services.

The qualification has been developed in partnership by Optometry Scotland, Specsavers, Optical Express, Asda and Black and Lizars with Skills for Health and Justice, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Chair of Optometry Scotland, David Quigley, said: “The introduction of this course is fantastic news for optical assistants across the country. We are delighted to see the creation of a formal qualification which offers optical staff additional training support. The course is designed to fit around working full time and incorporates practical on-the-job training.”

Pictured are the first candidates to apply for the course, Nicola Longmuir and Chloe Sharp from Specsavers in Irvine and store director Gillian Syme (left), with business development consultant at Rewards Training, Sean Hughes.