Two pupils from local schools have been offered work experience at Grantham Specsavers following a careers workshop held by local businesses and charity Inspire+.

Real-world advice

Local businesses teamed up with the charity, which aims to support schools and encourage leadership in several different ways for the development of young people, to offer a careers workshop to 90 youngsters. Young Ambassadors from several local schools were invited to attend 20 minute seminars focused on gaining real-world advice, including CV writing and interview technique tips.

‘As part of our ongoing partnership with Inspire+, we wanted to offer teenagers the chance to develop themselves and prepare for the working world,’ explained Bijal Ladva, Specsavers Grantham store director. ‘We set various challenges, and invited the Young Ambassadors to apply for work experience using the skills they had gained at the sessions.

A career in optics

‘This led to us successfully accepting two of the applications, and we welcomed Eve from Walton Girls School and Ola from The Priory Ruskin for a week over the Easter period to show them what a career in optics could hold for them – and of course hoping to inspire them to consider Specsavers as a rewarding and attractive choice!’

Working with Specsavers for the past three years, the charity has previously run workshops and assemblies in primary schools around Grantham to educate children about eye health, eyecare and to make the experience of a sight test less daunting to the younger children.

‘As work experience is no longer part of the mainstream curriculum, we are keen to help young people in the area gain valuable leadership and career-building skills,’ commented Chris Graves, operations manager at Inspire+.

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