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Optical Assistant Apprentice PORTISHEAD EYECARE LIMITED

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Portishead, Bristol. 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 and Saturday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    08 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    12 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001689408

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Portishead, Bristol. 

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 organisational 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 times
  • 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

 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

About the employer

Championing everyone’s right to feel good.
Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2,300* stores ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.

Our mission is:
To be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty - caring for people, customers and communities everywhere

Employer

PORTISHEAD EYECARE LIMITED


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 Standard:

  • 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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