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Apprentice Optical Assistant The Spectacle Factory Limited

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Preston. 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


    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

    To be confirmed at interview

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    08 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    21 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

A fantastic and unique opportunity to embark on a journey towards a great career. Starting at Optical Assistant level as an Apprentice with future opportunities for career progression, you will be supported with loads of great, fun and interactive training.

You will use these exciting new skills in your day to day job where you will gain customer service skills, knowledge in optical support and develop behaviour suitable to work in an optical practice.

Those with a flair for fashion will love the new frames coming in and if its your forte you may even get involved in meeting frame reps and helping choose the new ranges. If you are more technical, you will get to learn lots of information about lenses and measurements, then you will transform that information into jargon free, easy to understand, customer friendly language.

Its all about teamwork in an Opticians practice, there are many roles but you support each other to make sure your customers get the best experience possible. Optical assistants are a very important part of any Optical practice and crucial to the customer journey. Individuals with a real passion for both healthcare and retail really thrive in this role, as its the perfect position for those who love to make a real difference to other peoples lives.

The duties within this role include:

  • Welcoming customers into the store 
  • Booking in eye tests 
  • Pre screening patients 
  • Providing style advice 
  • Measuring frames 
  • Taking phone calls
  • General office duties and responsibilities 
  • Cleaning

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 when 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 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above in Maths and English (or the equivalent) 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 out a Management course
  • Practice ownership: Go into business yourself, partnership or Franchise

Things to consider

Please do not contact the 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

The Spectacle Factory began in 1996. They are passionate about eyewear and believe in offering a different way, a better way of servicing people with eyewear needs. During the last two decades the business has continually evolved to meet our customer’s needs.


The Spectacle Factory Limited


Unit 1A

Dewhurst Row



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Training 2000 Ltd


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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