Teenager Mitchell Wright has completed an optical apprenticeship, qualifying as an optical assistant at Specsavers Brownhills, and has his sights set on the next stages of his career.
The seventeen-year-old started the Specsavers apprenticeship scheme at the store in 2017 and completed his studies at the end of September 2018. 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.
‘It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch Mitchell’s progress'
Store director, Justine Page, said: ‘It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch Mitchell’s progress. This training and vocational qualification was a great option for him. He has thrived in store and is already looking to start the next step of his training.’
A word from Mitchell
Mitchell said: ‘I found out about the Specsavers apprenticeship after GCSEs and I liked the idea of on the job training. I was supported all the way through, both by the team at the store and an external assessor. I really enjoyed the practical elements of the course such as using the equipment, adjusting glasses, dealing with customers and learning more about optics.
‘I think the Specsavers apprenticeship is a great route into a career. It has really boosted my confidence – at first, I found chatting to customers the hardest bit, and now this is the area that I enjoy most about my job. I’m thinking about going on to study for more qualifications as well.’
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.