Optical Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship WATERSIDE LABORATORIES LTD

You will work alongside the technicians in our surfacing, glazing and coating departments as well as spending time with our experienced customer service advisors processing orders. Carrying out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively. Learn how to safely use our machinery in a technological environment. We celebrate birthday with the 3 C’s - chocolate, cake and cards. No work at weekends.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A positive work life balance with no work at weekends.

    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 to Friday 8 hours per day (start 7.30am or 8am, finish 4.30pm or 5pm) ½ hour unpaid lunch per day 2 x 15 minute paid breaks per day

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Learn and contribute to our production operations - producing and fitting high quality prescription lenses to spectacle frames for our customers who are mainly retail opticians
  • Develop knowledge, skills and an understanding of the optical laboratory industry
  • Develop your problem-solving skills in a technological manufacturing environment

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

Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship will be work based learning with occasional attendance at Wiltshire College and University Centre (campus to be confirmed).

Functional skills maths and/or English if required.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, there may be the opportunity to progress onto Level 3 Spectacle Maker Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)) Essential

Things to consider

Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

About the employer

Waterside Labs is an independent optical laboratory, based in Totton, Southampton. We make, manufacture and supply spectacle lenses for independent opticians. We are not the biggest, but our technology, skilled technicians and experienced customer service advisors ensure we can give a level of service and a comprehensive range of lens products to meet the needs of even the most demanding of independent opticians. We are 100% independently owned and rely totally on the quality and service we deliver as the means to ensuring our success and survival. We celebrated our 50th Year in 2022.







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Training provider



The Apprenticeship Team



Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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