This National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 February), August Savage is championing on the job learning as a way to kick start your career. 

The 20-year-old, who lives in Cirencester and works as an optical assistant at Specsavers in the town, completed her apprenticeship in September 2019, receiving a distinction. 

Improved confidence  

‘I really enjoyed my course, even though at times it was challenging trying to balance it with work at the same time,’ said August. ‘It was my manager who recommended it and I thought it would be great to have a qualification behind me. The whole team were really supportive if I needed help and my mentor was great too, answering any questions I had.

‘It’s helped me feel more confident in my ability and I’d now like to go on and complete the HCA (hearing care assistant) qualification. I think it’s great to have an alternative to more traditional routes of study and it’s something I’d recommend to anyone, whether you’re just starting out or maybe looking for a career change.’ 

Opportunity for development

Louise Powell, head of apprenticeships at Specsavers, said: ‘Specsavers apprenticeship programs are a fantastic way to begin or develop a rewarding and successful career. This is demonstrated by the fact that 94% of our optical assistant apprentices go on to take on a full-time job at Specsavers, 92% say their career prospects have improved and 73% of apprentices who take a role in store then go on to take clinical or management qualifications. 

‘Not only that, but our training has been viewed as best in the sector by Ofsted. It is an exciting time to be part of the team. As long as you’re a hard worker, punctual and ambitious you will do well at Specsavers and there are plenty of opportunities to continue with your development.’

Apprenticeships at Specsavers cover a selection of roles in optometry, audiology and support office. These range from the entry-level apprenticeships such as the optical assistant course to ‘level 7’ apprenticeships which include high-level clinical qualifications and support for MBAs. 

To find out more, click here or call the Recruitment Administration and Support Service Team on 01566 771 888.   

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