An apprentice at Specsavers’ Ashington and Cramlington stores is embarking on an exciting career in optics thanks to an apprenticeship programme.

Encouraging scheme

Aiden Oakes is currently enrolled on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme and, during National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 5 – 9 March), is encouraging others to get involved in the scheme.

More than 270 people are currently enrolled on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme.

Aiden, who is 19 years old and lives in Blyth, said: ‘I have now been in the role for five months but it feels like longer - in a good way! This is my first job, the work is really interesting and the support and training I have received has been really structured and tailored for my needs.

‘The main achievement for me has been building my confidence. I've learned so many new things and this has given me a real sense of achievement.’

A word from our store manager

Store manager Katie Blakely said: ‘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.’

About the 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 please click here  

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