Earn while you learn – apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week in February highlighted that there’s never been a better time to think about combining working and learning. You can get hands-on experience while studying for a recognised qualification – and earning a salary. 

There are a range of opportunities in eyecare including apprenticeships

Eyecare apprentices work in every size of business, from independent local opticians to nationwide or international firms such as Specsavers or Boots. 

Optical assistants develop strong communication skills and listening skills. They work in a  team to deliver great service, excellent clinical care and products that make people look and feel good. 

Spectacle makers work to produce and repair lenses with a wide range of prescriptions, coatings and finishes. Frames come in all kinds of types and styles, from designer brands such as Prada or Armani to quirky independent labels made out of old vinyl LPs.***  It is a hands-on, practical career that will be great if you like technology, craft or science.

There are plenty of opportunities out there. Specsavers alone have supported nearly 1,500 apprentices since 2017, with more than half planning to study further clinical qualifications at levels 3 and 4. Hear Kyle explain why he chose a Specsavers apprenticeship.

Find out how apprenticeships work from optical apprentice Macey and her manager Sam.

Discover more about apprenticeships and whether they are right for you..