An apprentice at an opticians in Bromsgrove is encouraging other school leavers to consider an earn-while-you-learn approach after starting an exciting career in optics.
William Parker is currently on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme at the store on the High Street.
'Opened many doors for me'
‘I’ve always been interested in a career in the optical industry,’ explained William. ‘Upon completing my A-levels, I saw the apprenticeship at Specsavers and it ticked all of the boxes for me.
‘I really enjoy working in-store, as I am always learning new skills that help me both in and out of work, and I have full support from the fantastic apprenticeship team that support me in terms of my coursework.
‘The optical assistant apprentice role has opened many doors for me, and I aspire to become a qualified dispensing optician, thanks to the encouraging team that I work with and the interest in the optical world that has been sparked from my role.’
More than 270 people are currently enrolled on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme.
A word from the store director
Store director, Mark Gibson 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
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.