A Daventry youngster is on her way to gaining a qualification to become an optical assistant after embarking on an apprenticeship with a Specsavers.

Twenty year-old Nicola Midson decided to go straight into the world of work after completing her GCSEs, initially gaining experience through undertaking voluntary work, before applying for an apprenticeship with Specsavers in the Regal Centre.

‘Once I’d finished my GCSEs, I decided not to go to university and instead go straight into work. After spending several months volunteering with local charities, I was so happy to be offered the apprenticeship with Specsavers,’ said Nicola.

‘Having worked at the store since December, I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience and really feel like part of the team. I’m now completely focussed on gaining my qualification so I can continue to pursue a career in optics.’

According to government statistics, almost 250,000 apprenticeships were started across England in 2014-2015 with more than half of those being filled by 16-24 year-olds.

Connie Swain, store manager, said: ‘Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of encouraging young people to consider a career within eye care. Since Nicola joined the team we’ve seen her confidence grow massively and she’s finding practical learning incredibly effective as she works towards her qualification. We’ve all been very impressed with her commitment and are sure her apprenticeship will set her in the right direction for a fantastic career within optics.’

The Specsavers Apprentice Scheme offers enthusiastic youngsters aged over 16 the opportunity to work within a successful international business and develop the skills and qualifications to provide the foundation of an exciting career in eye care. Playing a vital role within the team, apprentices work alongside Specsavers staff for 12 months and have access to structured training to learn job-specific skills.

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