Teenager, Kurtis Daniels, aged 17, has already completed an optical apprenticeship, qualifying as an optical assistant with Specsavers in Brownhills, and has his sights set on the next stages of his career.

Kurtis started the scheme in March 2017 and completed his studies last month. The programme 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 a qualification.

He already has the next phase of his training mapped out and has started a course to become a qualified diabetic screener with the opticians.

'Rewarding to watch Kurtis' progress'

Store director, Justine Page, said: ‘Kurtis is so driven it’s incredibly rewarding to watch his progress. He came to us after his first year of A-level study, knowing that a vocational qualification was a much better option for him. He has thrived in store, and has already started the next step of his training.’

'I'm fascinated by eye health'

Kurtis said: ‘I realised A-levels weren’t for me and I found out about the Specsavers apprenticeship as an alternative. I’m fascinated by eye health and that’s the root of why I am now studying to become a diabetic screener. You can find out so much about someone’s health by examining their eyes; I am excited to learn more about diabetic retinopathy and how to help customers with diabetes look after their sight.

‘The course can be studied at your own pace, and I hope to complete it in a year as I’m a hard worker and am planning to put a lot of my own time into my studies. I think the Specsavers apprenticeship is a great route into a career and I intend to grab every opportunity that presents itself.’

About the apprenticeship scheme

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Apprentices can choose to work as an optical assistant or take on roles in customer service or retail.

Specsavers is also trialling an optical technician apprenticeship for those interested in working in a lab. Those that complete the apprenticeship will become fully qualified in those roles with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers. 

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