Ambitious Newquay girl, Chole McGrath, aged 18, joined Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship, which is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience.

Those that complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full-time employment at Specsavers.

A career with a view

Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship programme is the UK’s biggest government-accredited scheme.

Apprentice, Chole, said: ‘I’ve always been interested in optics, ever since I started wearing glasses at a young age and found my visits to the opticians so enjoyable! I felt like an apprenticeship would be a good stepping stone into a job in optics, giving you a well-rounded base of knowledge while getting to try out as much as you can.

‘My plan now is to developing further in Specsavers and perhaps eventually become a fully qualified dispensing optician or optometrist after a few more years of experience and training in the store.’

A fulfilling career

Specsavers Newquay store director, Steven Morris, said: ‘We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.

‘Our scheme benefits those who want to work their way up to qualifying as a dispensing optician. It's also a great opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.’

Some 180 Specsavers apprentices are due to graduate this year and there will be at least 150 new apprenticeship vacancies.

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