An apprentice at Specsavers in Uttoxeter is enjoying a rewarding career in eyecare thanks an apprenticeship programme.

Yasmin Hurst (20) graduated from the Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship Programme, (the UK’s biggest government-accredited scheme), at the end of January 2016.

Yasmin was already working part-time at Specsavers on Sundays, when she heard about the apprenticeship programme and so, after finishing college, joined the store as part of the scheme. 

She’s now completed her apprenticeship and taken on a full-time position to further her studies with Specsavers, ultimately training to become a dispensing optician. 

‘I was keen to work in a health related industry and so the opportunity to study and work through the apprenticeship at Specsavers was really appealing,’ said Yasmin.  ‘I’ve found the link between the theory and practical really valuable and with the support of my colleagues have managed to get the most out of the programme.’

Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship Programme

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Those that complete it 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.

Specavers Uttoxeter store director, Mark Orgill said: ‘We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.

‘Our scheme benefits those who want to work their way up to qualifying as a dispensing optician. It's also a great opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.'

The programme includes the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Optics, monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses. Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals.

They become a key member of the store team, welcoming customers, giving them advice, booking in eye tests, carrying out pre-screening and helping the store to run as smoothly as possible.

The apprenticeships scheme has been running for just over two years and 90% of the apprentices take on full-time positions within the company.

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