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Optical Assistant Apprentice ROGERS OPTICAL LIMITED

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Wells, Somerset. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience whilst gaining on the job qualifications.

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Closing date: 29 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £172.00

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm. Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    08 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    11 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001689374

  • Positions

    1 available

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Wells, Somerset. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience whilst gaining on the job qualifications.

The duties within this role include:

  • Greeting customers in a professional and friendly manner as they enter the practice
  • Interpreting and understanding a clinically issued prescription, its effects on the eye, and the customer’s vision
  • Helping customers select spectacle frame(s) that are suitable in terms of comfort, looks good and fits lifestyle requirements
  • Be able to explain the features and benefits of particular frames, using non-technical customer friendly language
  • Measuring the frames and ensure they are a suitable size for a customer and can accommodate their lenses.
  • Making adjustments to customers spectacle frames using the correct tools to ensure stability and comfort
  • Basic frame repairs
  • Have a good knowledge of Ophthalmic lenses, tints and coatings to be able to meet visual / lifestyle requirements 
  • Ordering prescription glasses and contact lenses in for the customer
  • Correct completion of NHS paperwork and written records in-line with company procedures
  • Making follow up appointments for customers
  • Use a focimetre to find the prescription from spectacles
  • Communicate contact lenses suitability, features and benefits
  • Carrying out pre-screening tests such as retinal imaging and pressure and visual field testing
  • Explaining offers and products to customers
  • Taking payments from customers

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A good communicator and be willing to be part of a team supporting each other
  • The ability to make decisions and use their own initiative, have strong organizational skills, as well as having a caring nature and be comfortable talking to customers at all levels and ages

Personal qualities

  • The ability to work as an individual as well as part of a team and be respectful to team members at all time
  • Be an excellent communicator at all levels, via telephone and face to face
  • Be able to use their own initiative.

Desired qualifications

A minimum of two GCSE at grade 3 (grade D) or above in maths and English is required.

Future prospects

The successful candidate will work towards achieving a level 2 qualification in Optical with experience in a busy Optical Practice.

Upon completion of the Level 2 qualification, you will be an experienced and qualified optical assistant, and as such you can continue building up skills that will always be in demand. Career breaks and part time working are often possible.

 You could go on to acquire higher level optical qualifications such as:

  • Ophthalmic Dispensing- Become a qualified Dispensing Optician 
  • Contact lens Optician – fit Contact lenses
  • Low vision specialist – help people where traditional spectacles will not suffice. Supply low vision aids, magnifiers, advice on improving contrast and on other non Optical aids such as bump-ons.
  • Optometry courses – carry out full eye examinations and issue prescriptions
  • Clinical representative- visiting practices introducing new frame ranges and Ophthalmic lenses
  • In-practice trainer - You could use your knowledge to train others

Other non-clinical roles

  • Practice Management – Go into a Management course
  • Practice ownership – Go into business yourself, partnership or Franchise

Things to consider

Please do not contact Company direct.

Please Note; we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist.

Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates


About the employer

Discover more about Boots Opticians

Whether you need an eye test or want to pick up some new glasses or contact lenses, Boots Opticians is the place to go. With more than 600 branches across the UK, you're sure to find one close to you. We pride ourselves on our premium level of service and clinical care standards, so when you visit Boots Opticians, you'll know that you're in safe hands. Booking an appointment for an eye check is simple. Book your test by calling us on 0345 125 3752* or book online.

Your eye check will be carried out by one of our experienced, professional optometrists. It will consist of a number of different checks designed to identify early signs of medical conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma and high blood pressure, as well to see whether you need glasses or contact lenses.

Discover our range of glasses and contact lenses We've got a huge selection of glasses to choose from so you're sure to be able to find a pair that suits you. We have men's glasses, women's glasses and kid’s glasses from leading names like Ray-Ban, Ralph Lauren and Gucci, as well as our great value Boots range. We also stock a wide range of contact lenses, including daily contact lenses, monthly contact lenses, bifocal contact lenses and varifocal contact lenses.

As well as providing eye tests, glasses and contact lenses, we stock all the products you need to take care of your eyes. Whether you're suffering from eye conditions such as dry eye, red eye or sore, tired eyes, you'll find all the information and solutions you need in our eye health section. *Between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (local rate, although costs from mobiles will vary. Calls may be recorded for training purposes)
 

Employer

ROGERS OPTICAL LIMITED

Address

66

High Street

Wells

BA5 2AJ

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Training

Training provider

TRAINING 2000 LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Training 2000 Ltd

Contact

Chelsey Mawman 01254 54659

  • Level 2 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Functional skills Maths and Literacy, can be obtained on the course (if required)
  • Enhancement / challenge – how to develop ourselves
  • Equality and diversity – treating others equally, respect / accept others from different backgrounds
  • British values – democracy, rule of law, respect and tolerance, individual liberty
  • Prevent – safeguarding individuals from being drawn into terrorism
  • Digital skills – keeping up with technology and effective use

Apprenticeship standard

Optical assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)


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