Specsavers in Brownhills is celebrating two high achieving apprentices who have championed the value of learning on the job.
The store has opened its doors to apprentices since 2013, understanding that some young people want to take on a role outside of a traditional classroom environment, while others may simply want a new challenge or a career change.
The two most recent members of staff to complete their apprenticeship are Jade Rankin (20) and Gemma Southall (22), who both received distinctions. The two are now optical assistants and hoping to begin studying for their Cert 3 qualification, with the aim of becoming dispensing opticians.
‘I love my job,’ said Jade. ‘I’ve learned so much and I get a lot of support from the team. I don’t think you get treated like an adult at school or college, so it’s great to come into work and feel like a professional.’
‘Like Jade, going down the college route just wasn’t for me,’ said Gemma. ‘When I started, the job was completely new to me, but I enjoyed getting to do different things every day. At first, talking to new people was a challenge, but it quickly became second nature.’
‘Both Gemma and Jade have been a credit to our store,’ said Justine Page, store director. ‘It’s so great to be able to support young people in our community by encouraging them to keep moving forward through a career at Specsavers. We’ve had a total of 10 apprentices in the store and they have all been brilliant additions to the team.’