Windsor apprentice has sights on fulfilling career

17 March, 2016
Ihsan Mahmood embarks on rewarding career in Optics
Ihsan Mahmood embarks on rewarding career in Optics

As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 14 until Sunday 20 March), 18-year old Ihsan Mahmood from Slough is among 241 people currently enrolled on the UK’s biggest government-accredited scheme.

Those that complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.

Career decisions

Ihsan Mahmood says: ‘When I left school in August last year I knew I didn’t want to go to university, but I also knew that I didn’t want to begin work straight away without any qualifications. That’s when I decided to apply for the Specsavers Apprenticeship scheme.

‘The good thing is you don’t need any previous experience working in optics, so that really boosted my confidence. I love being able to learn on the job – it’s great to apply the theory from assessments to everyday working life, and at the same time learn from colleagues and take in the different skills and expertise while working hands-on with customers.

‘My colleagues have been amazing and it’s been great to learn from people who have been in my shoes. My long-term plan is to continue training with Specsavers to become a dispensing optician, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll work my way up to become a store director.’

A word from the director

Store director Seema Patel 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.'

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