AN APPRENTICE at Specsavers in Ormskirk is starting an exciting career in optics thanks to an apprenticeship programme.

Louisa Wood has recently graduated from the Specsavers apprenticeship programme and is encouraging others to get involved in the scheme. More than 270 people are currently enrolled on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme.

Louisa, aged 24, attended Ormskirk High School and began her apprenticeship journey doing two hours of online training each week and the rest of the time learning dispensing techniques on the shop floor.

Desire to help customers

She was inspired to sign up for the apprenticeship because of her desire to help people and an interest in optometry.

Now a fully qualified optical assistant, Louisa says, ‘I chose to join the Specsavers apprenticeship scheme because the team are so professional and friendly. I’m proud to say I’ve completed and passed the apprenticeship and now work part time, allowing me to take care of my two year old daughter.

‘The best thing about the scheme is being able to gain a recognised qualification and get a lot of support in-store – I really felt a part of a team.’

New store in Maghull

The team at the newly opened Specsavers Maghull store are also celebrating an apprenticeship’s fast learning and contribution to the team.

Andrew Tobin, aged 18, has 6 months to go until he will have completed the scheme and will be joining the team full time.

Andrew says, ‘I’ve found the apprentice scheme really interesting, and I’m pleased that I’m now able to build a career with lots of opportunities for progression. My favourite thing about working at Specsavers is the fact the company is so focused on its customers and employees. It’s a great working environment.’

Store director for both the Ormskirk and Maghull stores, Neil Pearson says: ‘Apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people or those looking for a career change and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.

‘The Specsavers scheme offers learners an excellent opportunity to enter the world of work in a safe and structured way, providing them with a real job, great training and qualifications.’

Apprenticeship scheme

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Apprentices can choose to work as an optical assistant or take on roles in customer service or retail.

Specsavers is also trialling an optical technician apprenticeship for those interested in working in a lab. Those that complete the apprenticeship will become fully qualified in those roles with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.

Each course will include monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses. Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside qualified professionals and becoming part of the team.

The apprenticeships scheme has been running for just over three years and 90% of the apprentices take on permanent positions within the company, with 85% undertaking further training.

To search for current apprenticeship vacancies at Specsavers visit jobs.specsavers.co.uk

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