Apprenticeship an alternative to university
Specsavers in Sutton is encouraging young people to consider a career in optics through a year-long apprenticeship programme following the successful graduation of their recent apprentice.
Specsavers in Idlewells Shopping Centre is celebrating the success of current apprentice, Aimee Howard, as she graduates from the year-long programme at a ceremony in Birmingham, and is urging other youngsters like her to consider working in the optical industry.
‘This apprenticeship has given me so many opportunities and is a great way to begin my career,’ said Aimee. ‘I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started – it was a lot to get used to, but the team were welcoming and supportive and I quickly found my feet.
'I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and develop my skills in the dispensing side of the business once I’ve graduated.
‘I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone considering an apprenticeship. During my time here, I’ve taken so much on board. I’ve not only gained specific on-the-job skills, but have been introduced to the working world and have grown in confidence. I can’t wait to see where my apprenticeship will take me.’
Apprenticeships at Specsavers are open to anyone over the age of 16 and require no previous optical experience. Those that complete the programme become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full-time employment, as well as opening up further studying opportunities.
A great alternative
Store director Nigel Davidson commented: ‘It’s been a pleasure to see Aimee develop and progress during the last year. She has come a long way and has a promising career ahead of her. Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, allowing young people to unlock their full potential in a supportive environment.
'I’d like to encourage anyone in the local area who is interested in apprenticeships to get in touch.’
The apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than three years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company.