A Cwmbran woman who joined Specsavers last year after leaving college early is celebrating the completion of her optical apprenticeship.

Growing confidence

Chloe Hughes, aged 18, will now work as an optical assistant, supporting staff in the laboratory as well as dealing with customer enquiries on the shop floor. The former student joined the store last year after she decided to leave college early.

Since then, she has received training in spectacle collections, registering customer details as well as other lab and office work. Ms Hughes has also recently completed varifocal training, allowing her to advise customers on the best varifocal frames for their eyesight.

‘My confidence has grown rapidly over the last year,’ she says. ‘I wasn’t sure if college was for me and, when I left, I felt at a loss about what to do next. As soon as I started my apprenticeship the Specsavers team alleviated my fears and made sure I was supported throughout.

‘I would love to become a dispensing optician down the line. There’s a long way to go for that to happen, but with the help of my colleagues, I feel like it’s something I can achieve.’

‘Good fit for the job’

Mark Edwards, director at Specsavers in Cwmbran, says: ‘Chloe came to us unsure about whether an optical career was for her. Whenever we take on new apprentices we want to make sure they are a good fit for the job. Fortunately this has been the case since day one with Chloe.

‘Chloe has shown maturity beyond her years and I have no doubt she will have a bright future in our store.’

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