School leavers with their eyes on the future have a gateway into the optical industry with an apprenticeship now available at Droitwich Specsavers.

The store on St Andrews Square is currently recruiting for a place on its one-year optical apprenticeship scheme. It is open to suitable applicants over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. 

Current apprentice, Ellie Smith is about to finish her apprenticeship and stay with the team as a qualified optical assistant while the new recruit will work alongside Dawn Hurston who started her apprenticeship last autumn. 

Get paid and train for qualifications

Emma Singh, store director at Specsavers in Droitwich said: ‘We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people. Our scheme is an excellent opportunity for young learners to enter the world of work in a safe and structured way, providing them with a real job, great training and qualifications.

‘Rather than having to pay tuition fees, our apprentices earn a wage and receive additional benefits including paid holiday.’

Apprentices will primarily learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals.

‘Ellie and Dawn have become key members of the store team, welcoming customers, offering advice, booking in eye tests, carrying out pre-screening and helping the store to run as smoothly as possible,’ said Emma.

Career oportunities

Alongside this, the apprentice will complete the Level 2 Diploma in Optical Retail, which includes six weekly assessor visits, observations and online learning and courses.  The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.

Specsavers senior people development manager Guy Kidd says: ‘We launched this scheme in 2013 and it is now one of the largest government-accredited apprenticeship schemes. Our apprentices get to work in a store that is local to them while enjoying all the benefits and support of the broader Specsavers group, which is world renowned for its training and development.

‘We are delighted to see many of our graduate apprentices take up permanent jobs with us as fully-fledged optical assistants.’

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