To mark National Apprenticeship Week (5 – 9 March) a team member from Specsavers in Cheltenham is urging young people in the local area to consider a career in optics having recently completed a year-long apprenticeship programme.
Above and beyond
As well as training to qualify as an optical assistant, Molly Taylor was taken along to the Second Pitville (Salem) Rainbows Group to help run an educational yet fun activity day for the youngsters.
‘Not only have I gained some great work friends, I have gained optical knowledge and experience in handling customer queries from day to day,’ said Molly. ‘I’ve had so many opportunities at Specsavers from working with Rainbows girl group, to being sent to Specsavers training centres and gaining brand knowledge.’
Vision for success
The Specsavers apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than three years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company. Those that complete the programme become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full-time employment and further studying opportunities.
‘Working for Specsavers has opened a lot of potential career paths for me,’ continues Molly. I hope to complete my Cert 3 and Cert 4 qualifications and work towards becoming a dispensing optician and even an optician or contact lens optician.’
‘We are so pleased to have given Molly the opportunities to progress at Specsavers,’ said store director, Melanie Brackstone. ‘She is an asset to the team here in Cheltenham. With her success and determination, we look forward to seeing her develop in her optical career.’