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Optical Assistant Apprenticeship CLAYTON OPTOMETRIC SERVICES LTD

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant working for our company, Clayton Optometric Services Ltd based in Knutsford, Cheshire. You will drive sales by playing your part in delighting our customers. We want a friendly, welcoming and energetic person to join our team!

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Closing date: 26 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Mon - Fri - 09:00 - 17:00

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    30 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The duties within this role include:

  • Welcoming customers into store.
  • Arranging appointments.
  • Pre-screening patients before they see the optometrist.
  • Providing style advice to choose the right glasses.
  • Measuring frames.
  • Looking after phone calls.
  • General office duties and responsibilities.
  • General cleaning to provide a clean, safe environment to work and shop in.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • 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.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Initiative, Caring nature, Respectful


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D or above) Essential

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

Clayton Optometric Services Ltd is based in Knutsford, Cheshire.




Unit 1

Royal George Shopping Centre


WA16 6GR

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Training provider



Lauren Reddaway

01254 54659

Apprenticeship standard

Optical assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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