Staff from Specsavers in Stafford are celebrating the completion of their apprenticeship programmes and encouraging young people in the local area to consider a career in optics.

Stafford supports young talent

Charlotte Forrester, aged 22, was the very first apprentice at Specsavers in Stafford who joined the team in 2014. After completing a year-long apprenticeship programme, she undertook further qualifications and is now in her second year of training as a dispensing optician. 

Specsavers in Stafford have taken on many more apprentices since then including Summer Higgs and Chloe Jones who have recently qualified and taken on full-time paid positions at the store.

‘I really enjoyed my apprenticeship course and I’m very grateful to the team here in Stafford for the opportunities I’ve been given to progress since then,’ said Charlotte. ‘We’ve all been able to work towards a qualification while learning about Specsavers and the wider industry. We’re now looking forward to more years in optics.’

Apprenticeship success

Stafford Specsavers store director, Jason Guy, added: ‘We’re delighted with the success we’ve seen from all our apprentices; it’s been a pleasure to see them developing and I have no doubt they will go on to have fantastic careers at Specsavers.

Apprenticeships at Specsavers are open to anyone over the age of 16 and require no previous optical experience. Those that complete the programme become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full-time employment, as well as being offered further studying opportunities. 

‘Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, allowing young people to unlock their full potential in a supportive environment. I’d like to encourage anyone in the local area who is interested in apprenticeships to get in touch.’

The Specsavers apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than three years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company. 

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