Optical Assistant Apprenticeship ANGELA REED LIMITED

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Kenilworth. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience whilst gaining on the job qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity for a smart, ambitious and self-motivated individual to join a friendly environment.

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Closing date: 26 Jan 2024

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

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Do you have a vision to kick start an exciting and rewarding career with amazing progression opportunities?

Would you be interested in joining the biggest and most established retail optical franchise in the UK, as an Optical and Retail Assistant Apprentice?

You’ll not only spend 18 months in a full-time paid job, but also learn your trade via a Level 3 Apprenticeship – enabling you to earn whilst you learn. You will also be surrounded by supportive, passionate and highly experienced colleagues who’ll support you every step of the way.

Don’t have any prior Optical or Retail experience? Don’t worry – our Optical Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship will provide you with both, as well as a full-time job, a wage and paid holidays!

Angela Reed Optical based in Kenilworth, are part of a market leading brand and trade under one of the most reliable and respected companies in the industry, Boots Opticians. The Boots brand has been around since the mid-1800s and has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to succeeding in the optical industry.

Customers and patients are at the heart of Angela Reed Optical, and they are committed to providing exceptional care to them. The Practice are in search of an Optical Assistant Apprentice to join them on a full-time basis.

Your duties in this role will be varied and will typically include:

  • Meeting and greeting customers and welcoming them into store
  • Booking in eye tests for customers
  • Pre-screening patients to understand their optical requirements
  • Providing style advice based on customer preference and affordability
  • Measuring frames to fit the customer
  • Taking phone calls from customers and booking appointments
  • General office administration duties and responsibilities

Your daily work-based training will sit alongside structured online learning via Training 2000, and at the end of the 18 months as an Apprentice, you’ll be a fully-fledged Level 3 Optical Technician!

The training you will be getting

  • 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

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

A career within Optics and an Apprenticeship with Training 2000 is not only rewarding and exciting, but well paid, with excellent progression opportunities if that is what you are looking for. After completing your Level 3 Optical Assistant Apprentice with Training 2000, you could progress to Degree level via the University of Central Lancashire (whom Training 2000 are part of) and become a qualified Dispensing Optician. Following on from this you could even complete a Level 7 Master’s Degree to qualify as an Optometrist, earning up to £50,000 per year!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 (C) 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

Customers and patients are at the heart of our business, and we are committed to providing exceptional care to them. We want to be the first choice for their health and beauty needs. We also offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive brands such as No7, a leading UK skincare brand, Soap and Glory and Liz Earle, all delivered with the great value our customers love. Boots has a unique place in the heart of the communities it serves across the UK. For over 170 years, we have used our pharmacy-led expertise and support to help improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. We know that our colleagues are our strength, and aim to always be the employer of choice, attracting and retaining the most talented and passionate people who truly care, and want to do life changing work every day.







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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Lauren Reddaway



Apprenticeship standard

Optical assistant 2022

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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