Specsavers in Margate and Ramsgate are encouraging local young people to consider a career in optics by offering sixth formers free advice sessions in store.
Educating local young people
The stores have trained up several members of staff, who starting leafleting and working on Saturdays to gain fully qualified roles.
They're keen to educate young people by inviting them to come in for a free advice session to see what opportunities a career in optics can offer them. They will also be given free eye tests.
Margate resident Andy Mace had no previous experience in optics when he first joined the store as a technician’s assistant, but the store recognised his talent early on.
Considering an optical career path
Andy said: ‘I started working at Specsavers in 2000 but hadn’t really considered an optical career before then. I was encouraged to train professionally to a degree standard, so thought I might as well give it a go!
I ended up doing a three year course and qualified as a dispensing optician in 2004, then qualified as a contact lens optician. Now, I’m on the way to becoming an owner and director of my own Specsavers.
Rising through the ranks
‘Working at Specsavers has helped me realise a career which I wouldn’t have considered before; I’m so grateful for all the team’s help and training which got me where I am today.’
Specsavers Margate and Ramsgate store director, David Bryant said: ‘We’re so proud of Andy rising through the ranks with us. He’s demonstrated that anyone passionate about optics can do the same as him. We want more young people to come and see how many doors optics can open for them, gaining valuable life experience and skills.’