A project to inspire young people to become optometrists is being expanded across the UK.

Specsavers is rolling out its Bright Futures bursary programme into England and Wales after it was initially launched in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

More than £2,000 is available to help students into their career and pay for some of their equipment. The programme also offers part-time work in local branches, providing vital experience as well as shadowing and mentoring.

“The bursary will allow partners in community practices to invest in talented local pupils,” says Lucy Knock, early careers manager (pictured above). “It will help build a strong relationship between student and practice through school, university, pre-registration year and beyond.

“We are looking for bright, able and engaged students with an interest in science, technology, engineering or maths in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 or S6 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland.”

Practices will work with local schools to give potential candidates work experience first to see if they are suitable. Partners could also consider pupils already working in their store.

“Specsavers’ purpose is to change lives and the Bright Futures bursary is part of that mission. It is about helping to develop young people in the communities that we serve,” adds Lucy.

More information about the Bright Futures bursary is available at Join Specsavers.