Specsavers Inverness has recruited a new optometry graduate during a record-breaking year.

Ellen Torrance, 22, joins Specsavers as it celebrates its highest ever annual intake on its market-leading graduate training programme.

A record 453 optometry graduates have joined the company as pre-registration optometrists and Ellen Torrence, 22, is delighted to be amongst the recruits.

Giving back to the community

Ellen has worked with schools in Malawi, where she saw how UK optometrists from visiting Vision Aid Overseas groups could help people’s lives with the correct prescription glasses. This first alerted her to the possibility of a rewarding career in optometry.

Originally from Tain, a small town on the Scottish east coast, Ellen studied at Glasgow Caledonian University but felt it was important to return to the Highlands to give back to the community that served her so well. In 2015, she chose a seven-week summer placement at Specsavers in Inverness and has now re-joined the team.

‘I applied to three optical groups for my pre-reg year and I felt most comfortable at Specsavers. It is their focus on clinical training and the fact that the team are so friendly and supportive that made me choose them,’ said Ellen.

‘I’m really enjoying it and the store director has been so encouraging that I don’t feel intimidated to ask questions and check things.’

Gaining invaluable experience

Store director, Deirdre Newcomen said: ‘We are really pleased to have Ellen on board as our pre-reg. She will gain invaluable, hands-on experience of using the latest equipment and practical experience of working in a busy Specsavers store.

‘It’s challenging but enjoyable, and we hope Ellen continues to flourish with the support of our team.’

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