This is a great opportunity to start a career in the optical industry. Spex Eyecare in Rawtenstall are on the lookout for an Optical Assistant Apprentice. By starting with us as an apprentice you get to experience on the job training as-well as online training with our training provider Training 2000.
Closing date: 27 Oct 2023
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 38.0
Possible start date
06 Nov 2023
13 Sep 2023
Level 3 (A level)
What will the apprentice be doing?
- 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 it's 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
- It's 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 it's the perfect position for those who love to make a real difference to other people's lives
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 customer's 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
- Being able to problem solve with basic optical concerns
- Understanding business KPI's and how they affect the practices profitability
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
- Level 3 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship
- 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 3 qualification in optical with experience in a busy optical practice.
Upon completion of the level 3 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 onto a management course
- Practice ownership - go into business yourself, partnership or franchise
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
Things to consider
About the employer
TRAINING 2000 LIMITED
Optical assistant 2022
Level 3 (A level)
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