An apprentice at Specsavers in Normanton has embarked on a rewarding career in eyecare with a national apprenticeship programme.

A member of the team

Samia Habib has recently begun the Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship programme, which is the UK’s biggest government-accredited scheme. She is just five weeks into the one-year apprenticeship, and is already a key member of the store team, welcoming customers, giving them advice, booking in sight tests, carrying out pre-screening and helping the store to run as smoothly as possible.

The Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship programme

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship 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.

The programme also opens up further studying opportunities to successful apprentices, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.

Beginning of a career

Specavers Normanton store director, Paresh Gohil 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.'

The programme includes the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Optics, monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses. Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals. 

The apprenticeships scheme has been running for just over two years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company. 

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