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Optical apprentices in Scunthorpe has sights set on career development this National Apprenticeship Week

18 March, 2016
Molly Jeans and Jasmine Davis celebrate securing their place on the apprenticeship programme.
Molly Jeans and Jasmine Davis celebrate securing their place on the apprenticeship programme.

Two apprentices at Specsavers in Scunthorpe are embarking on a rewarding career in eyecare after enrolling in the opticians Optical Apprenticeship programme.

As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 14 until Sunday 20 March) Molly Jeans and Jasmine Davis are celebrating securing their place on the programme. More than 240 people are enrolled on the scheme, which is the UK’s biggest government-accredited programme.

About the Apprenticeship programme
Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Those that complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.

The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.

A word from the Store Director
Specsavers Scunthorpe store director Andrew Mortimer says: ‘We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.

‘Our scheme benefits those who want to work their way up to qualifying as a dispensing optician. It's also a great opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.'

More information about the Apprenticeship programme
The programme includes the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Optics, monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses. Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals.

They become a key member of the store team, welcoming customers, giving them advice, booking in eye tests, carrying out pre-screening and helping the store to run as smoothly as possible.

The apprenticeships scheme has been running for just over two years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company. At least 33 per cent of those who take on a full-time position, go on to further studies with Specsavers with many training to become dispensing assistants through Specsavers’ externally-accredited Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates in Optical Dispensing. These, in turn offer stepping-stones to further study to eventual qualify as a dispensing optician.

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