An apprentice at Specsavers in Peterlee is starting an exciting career in optics thanks to an apprenticeship programme.

Sophie Allison has recently embarked on the Specsavers apprenticeship programme and is encouraging others to get involved in the scheme.

Apprenticeship scheme

Sophie started her apprenticeship at the Peterlee store in November 2017 and will finish the course within 12 months, with high potential of a permanent position at Specsavers.

Sophie, said: ‘I have really enjoyed having this opportunity to be part of the Specsavers team throughout my apprenticeship. I feel like I have progressed extremely well with the help of my assessor and colleagues already and it has given me new skills.

‘Not only has my knowledge of optics expanded, but my confidence has also grown. I am incredibly lucky that the team instore have been really supportive.’

A word from the store director

Store director Eric Thompson said: ‘Apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people or those looking for a career change and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.

‘The Specsavers scheme offers learners an excellent opportunity to enter the world of work in a safe and structured way, providing them with a real job, great training and qualifications.

‘Sophie has been a real asset to the team since she joined last year, it’s really inspiring to see the scheme working so well.’ 

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