The St Austell opticians is continuing to invest in young talent in the area to usher in a new era of eyecare professionals in Cornwall.

Local people

The store, has to date already recruited four A-level students from local colleges, employing them as Saturday staff and supported them through university and the ophthalmic pre-registration scheme. The store wants to continue this search for local talent and is calling on students in the area to consider a career in optometry.

Business as good as it's people

St Austell born store director, Eric Barkhuysen says: ‘A business is only as good as it’s people and at Specsavers we pride ourselves in recruiting the best talent out there.

As a store, we have a history of providing young students from local schools a chance to develop a career in optics. Adam and Stacey studied at Penrice Academy, Lizzy at Brannel School and Rochanne at Roseland Community College. These four staff members have helped to make the great team of 27 at the St Austell even stronger.’


Lizzy Osborne, optometrist at the store says: ‘I started working as a Saturday girl at Specsavers St Austell and the store director, Eric offered me the chance to train as an optometrist.

I was very grateful for the opportunity to study and put in a lot of hours to achieve my goal of becoming an optometrist. It was a fantastic feeling to finally graduate.

I’d just like to thank the staff at Specsavers St Austell for all their support and for helping me further my career in optics.’

Earn more money

Specsavers’ own figures show that as a qualified optometrist there is potential to earn more money working in Cornwall than in London.

Career in optometry

Eric is calling on any first year A-level students with high grade predictions in science who may be interested in a career in optometry to contact the store in writing.

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