Phil McEvoy who works at Specsavers store in Birkenhead's Pyramids Shopping Centre has become one of the youngest lab managers in the UK after achieving a Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians.

This is remarkable as the diploma is the highest qualification in the optical industry, Phil is just 23 and on average, only 40 diplomas are presented each year.

Phil said: 'It was pretty hard going, but well worth doing because there are not many people who manage to gain the diploma'.

'Most of the study had to be done after work. There were all sorts of aspects to it, much of it based on mathematical calculations. There were 20 people on my particular course and only about half of them managed to pass, which makes me feel very proud.'

Chris Maughan, examinations administrator for the Worshipful Company of Optical Technicians, based at Apothecaries Hall in London, added: 'We would like to congratulate Phil McEvoy on obtaining the Level 4 Diploma, which is the main qualification we offer. It’s a very tough academic course and, on average, only about 40 people a year manage to achieve it.'

Well done Phil.

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