Pupils at Paisley Grammar School met with staff from the local opticians to learn about a career as an optometrist.

Staff from Specsavers in Paisley met S4 to S6 pupils to tell them about the various career paths to becoming a fully qualified optometrist.

Optometry career paths

Pupils heard about various routes into optometry, like taking an undergraduate degree course at Glasgow Caledonian University or enrolling on a Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship.

Those that complete the one-year programme 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.

Mitchell Fairly, optometrist at Specsavers in Paisley said: ‘Helping our staff to climb the career ladder is very important to us.

‘I hope Paisley Grammar pupils found the talk useful in helping them to consider their future and it would be fantastic to see some of them embark on an optical career once they leave school.

‘It was a pleasure to meet the pupils and to tell them more about the industry and what life is like working at Specsavers.’

Talking to the experts

Janice Levens, head teacher at Paisley Grammar School, added: ‘There’s no better way to help prepare our pupils for the world of work than by having a variety of experts, like the team at Specsavers, talk directly to them.

‘Gail and the team delivered a very insightful talk and were on hand to answer any questions from our pupils. We’d like to thank them for volunteering their time to visit the school.’

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