Two aspiring opticians in Winsford are looking ahead to long careers in eye health after passing their apprenticeships and becoming full time optical assistants.

New beginnings
Chloe Knight and Natasha Marsh (both 21) will begin a brand new career in eye-health at Winsford, following a year as apprentices at the store.

Prior to the apprenticeship in optometry, Chloe and Natasha had no experience in the optometry sector, having respectively worked for a cleaning company and nursery.

Hitting the ground running
Working at the store has already seen both Chloe and Natasha to grow in confidence, learn the ropes and discover new passions.

The role will see the pair expand their knowledge of optics and develop their customer support skills. They will also have the opportunity to undertake sponsored training leading to externally-accredited Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.

Looking to the future
Peter Adshead, Store director, said: ‘It’s been fantastic to watch the progress Chloe and Natasha have made over the year. They’ve certainly hit the ground running and have already made a big impression.

‘We strongly believe that by investing in the town’s young workforce, we are helping to encourage a strong, stable and productive local community and Chloe and Natasha are already key members of the team.’

The apprenticeship
The 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.

The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.

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