An optical technician from Specsavers in Solihull has received recognition for their studies from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM).

Chris Sewell received the Arthur Sinclair Prize for achieving the highest marks in his year for his first year Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians exam. The award was presented at a prestigious ceremony at the historic Apothecaries’ Hall on Thursday 18 October.

Incredible support 

On his award, Chris said: ‘Specsavers have been incredibly supportive of my studies. Studying and working full-time has been challenging but I’m lucky to have a wealth of knowledge available to me in our store team.

‘You need to complete around 15-20 hours study a week, so I think everyone has become quite used to finding me at work early and with my nose in a book during my lunch break. The team have really helped whenever they can so I’m really grateful to them.’

Important skills

The WCSM Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians allows candidates to build on the skills they use in practice every day and add to their technical knowledge. Candidates can progress at their own speed and many go on later to higher level qualifications such as those offered by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and the College of Optometrists. Upon completion of the two-year course, Chris will add the letters SMC(Tech) after his name.

A word from the store director

Bradley Parkes, store director of Specsavers Solihull, added: ‘We are extremely proud of Chris and his achievements. He is a valuable member of our team and the award is justified recognition for his work in our lab.  We encourage our staff to carry on learning as they work, for the benefit of all the customers they will deal with over their future careers, and we are so pleased that his hard work and commitment has been rewarded by the WCSM.’  

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is the oldest optical body still existing in the world, having been founded by Royal Charter nearly 400 years ago. Over the centuries they have been responsible for upholding quality and encouraging better vision for a better life.

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