A team member from Specsavers in Coalville is urging young people in the local area to consider a career in optics having recently completed a year-long apprenticeship programme. 

Opportunities to progress

Matthew Chambers, aged 20, qualified as an optical assistant after training with the team, and is hoping to encourage others like him to think about working in the optical industry. 

‘I hadn’t considered apprenticeships before, but the programme offered by Specsavers really caught my eye,’ Matthew commented. ‘I’ve really enjoyed my course over the last year and am very grateful to the team here in Coalville for the opportunities I’ve been given to progress.

‘I’ve been able to work towards a qualification whilst learning all about Specsavers, and completing this course has given me a new goal. I am hoping to study Ophthalmic Dispensing at Anglia Ruskin University as well as continue to develop my skills here in the store.’

Apprenticeships at Specsavers are open to anyone over the age of 16 and require no previous optical experience. Those that complete the programme become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full-time employment, as well as opening up further studying opportunities. 

Unlocking potential

Store director Shailan Ruparelia added: ‘We’re delighted that Matthew has successfully completed his apprenticeship. It has been a pleasure to see him develop his skills and he has fantastic ambitions for his future at Specsavers. Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, allowing young people to unlock their full potential in a supportive environment.

'I’d like to encourage anyone in the local area who is interested in apprenticeships to get in touch.’

The apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than three years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company.

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