A local optician is celebrating after its recent round of Long Service Awards brought the team’s total years of employment above 300 years.

Specsavers in Dewsbury is recognising 24 members of staff that have worked for the business for five years or more.

Four employees have actually clocked up more than twenty years of service, with store director Paul Smith having opened the store 28 years ago. Altogether, the long service awards add up to 313 years.

'Challenging and rewarding roles'

Paul says: ‘At Specsavers we believe in creating a positive work environment and providing ample training opportunities. Our team can continue to develop throughout their careers so that ten or twenty years down the line they’re still enjoying a challenging and rewarding role that fits around their lives.

‘Of course, lots of people move on to new opportunities but many stay and enjoy long, fulfilling careers with us, meaning we have some of the best qualified, most experienced optical professionals in the area working for us.’

'Never a dull day at work'

Louise Croft, who has worked at Dewsbury Specsavers for 23 years, began as a receptionist, trained as a dispensing optician at Bradford College alongside her day job, and was promoted to store manager in 2011. She is now training as an audiologist in order to provide hearing services at the store on Westgate.

Louise says: ‘There is never a dull day in this job, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve worked here for 23 years at all. I’ve been able to develop professionally over the years so that my career has grown with me and I’m always looking forward to the next challenge.

‘Of course, it helps that the people I work with are great and there really is a family feel to working here.’

Other staff being recognised for their hard work include Dean Geldard (27 years), Clare Brook (22 years) and Kath McGee (19 years).

Members of staff with long service awards can be recognised by their name tags, which display the number of years that the employee has worked at Specsavers.

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