An apprentice from Specsavers in Filton is encouraging other school leavers to consider an earn-while-you-learn approach after starting an exciting career in optics.

The team in Filton recently celebrated the success of their apprentice, 18-year-old Mckenzie Turley, who finished her Specsavers apprenticeship and qualified to her full-time professional role as an optical assistant.

Hands-on experience 

‘After learning in a classroom setting for so many years, I was keen to get some hands-on experience, and the apprenticeship at Specsavers in Filton was the perfect opportunity to do just that,’ explained Mckenzie. ‘While the work was challenging at times, thanks to the support of the team I felt confident about being thrown in and developing my knowledge and loved it.

‘Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university. I would strongly recommend the Specsavers Apprenticeship Programme to anyone looking for a varied and interesting career.’

Now that Mckenzie has qualified as an optical assistant, she will study towards her Cert 3 optical exams, which involves a year of more in-depth study about contact lenses.

‘We are so proud of Mckenzie,’ said Filton Specsavers store manager, Maria Matuszak. ‘She has come so far over the past year, and there was no question that we would keep her on as a full-time employee after she completed her apprenticeship. It has enabled her to get a well-rounded knowledge of the business and develop her skills in many areas.’

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