As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 14 until Sunday 20 March), 18-year old David Borg from Bexleyheath is embarking on a rewarding career in eyecare after graduating from the Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship programme.

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Those that complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.

Career Direction

The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years. David Borg says: ‘When I left school in 2014 I started working full-time at Specsavers in Bexleyheath meeting and greeting customers. I quickly learned the ropes and became more confident with my customer services skills. My interest in optics also grew and that’s when my director approached me to recommend that I consider enrolling on the Specsavers Apprenticeship scheme.

‘I graduated from the scheme just last week (8 March) and have loved being a part of the team. My career has progressed further than I’d have imagined, and now I plan to study the Institute of Leadership and Management course in the hope of qualifying as a store supervisor or manager.

‘My colleagues have been so supportive throughout my apprenticeship and it’s definitely something I’d recommend to other school-leavers who are considering a career in optics.’

Fulfilling careers

Store director Wouter De Wit 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.

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