A Pontnewydd girl who dropped out of sixth form is eyeing up her future after starting an apprenticeship at Specsavers Cwmbran.

Rapid development

Chloe Hughes, 17, joined Specsavers after dropping out of her first year of college. Despite having no prior experience in optics, she quickly settled into her role and has built up the confidence to work closely with customers and other members of staff.

While her initial training plan predicted that she would need a year to learn different aspects of the job – including registrations, collections, lab and office work – this has been reduced to nine months because of her rapid development.

Chloe hopes that her apprenticeship can lead to a full-time role as an optical assistant and she would like to train to become a dispensing optician in the future.

Chloe says: ‘I feel like my people skills and confidence have increased hugely since I’ve joined the store, largely thanks to the helpful advice and support that the team here has given me. They have shown me so much already, but I know I still have a lot to learn, and am excited about the potential career this apprenticeship could give me.’

‘Great addition to our team’

Mark Edwards, director at Specsavers in Cwmbran, says: ‘Chloe is a great addition to our team and has progressed leaps and bounds in just a few short months. Staff development has always been vitally important to us and means we are best positioned to provide friendly and professional advice to our customers.

‘I am excited to see where Chloe’s career will take her and we will continue to support her as she progresses within the store.’

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