For National Apprentice Week 2020, Specsavers in Warminster championed the value of on the job learning. 

The store is passionate about supporting team members of any age, who want to explore their learning options outside of a traditional classroom environment, as well as those who might be looking for a new challenge or career change. 

Optometrist and store director at Warminster, Martyn Thomas is undertaking an Executive Apprenticeship MBA at Aston University, which helps participants to expand their knowledge of business management. The apprenticeship covers topics such as organisational strategy, financial performances, managing operations and leading complex organisations. 

A word from the store director 

Martyn said: ‘I’ve been a qualified optometrist for 20 years, but I was interested in having a business qualification as well. It was really difficult to work as well as having the discipline to commit time to the apprenticeship too, but I was surrounded by lots of support and encouragement.

‘Working towards this qualification has already opened up a number of different opportunities. I’m a regional chair and part of the ‘trailblazer’ group for the Optometrist Apprenticeship, as well as a mentor. I have a much more rounded view of the business and I now analyse and reflect on my actions. I’m now much more likely to make a business decision based on my knowledge and the facts.’

Qualifications from the Executive Apprenticeship include; Masters in Business Administration, Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Manager status from CMI. 

Fellow store director at Warminster, Richard Goring added: ‘Specsavers apprenticeships are a fantastic way to not only begin a career but take the next step in the business. There are so many different paths to take and ways to continue your development, as Martyn has demonstrated. The whole team is thrilled that he’s working towards his MBA and we can all learn a lot from what Martyn is now able to put into practice.’

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