Apprentice Optical Assistant SIDNEY WALTON OPTICIANS LTD

Excellent opportunity to follow a career path which can lead from Optical Assistant to Dispensing Optician to Optometrist. You will be helping individuals choose the correct frames and lenses for their glasses, as well as doing other screening tests such as visual fields and retinal photos.

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Closing date: 18 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.50 - £7.50

  • Working week

    Monday, 9.00am to 6:30pm. Tuesday - Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Some Saturday work required, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Obtaining patients medical history
  • Preparing Private and NHS records and paperwork
  • Filing in correct locations
  • Updating manual and computerized patient records
  • Process NHS and private payments
  • Use computerized patient recalls
  • Assist in the choosing of patients frame choice
  • Telephone patients when they are due an eye test
  • Diary Management
  • Process Spectacle and Contact Lens Orders
  • Contact patients via phone to confirm appointments and advise when spectacles are ready.
  • Training given to fit spectacles and small repairs.
  • Stock Control and Merchandising
  • Meet and greet patients on entering the practice
  • Housekeeping
  • Social Media posts to promote company

The training you will be getting

  • Optical Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Long term career and promotion prospects

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Additional training / qualifications

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

About the employer

S Walton Eyecare works with numerous employers to provide VDU and employment specific eye examinations and supply safety eyewear to your specification, accepting eyecare vouchers and safety spectacle dispensing forms. We also specialise in sports vision, providing specialist eyewear for sporting activities including skiing and swimming.






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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

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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