Optical Assistant Apprentice Stoker of Buxton Optometrists

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team as an Optical Assistant Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a career in the optical industry and looking to gain valuable experience and skills.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £11,980.80 to £21,415.68

    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 - Tuesday: 9am - 5.30pm Wed: Closed Thursday - Friday: 9am - 5.30pm Sat: 9am - 1pm (breaks to be confirmed)

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 May 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As our new apprentice, you will be working alongside our experienced team members to provide excellent customer service to our clients.
You will be responsible for tasks such as:

  • Booking appointments
  • Dispensing glasses
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Providing advice to customers on the best products for their needs

You will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest optical technology and trends and gain experience in a fast-paced and dynamic industry. This is a fun and exciting role that offers the chance to work with a great team of people and to develop skills that will be valuable throughout your career.

You will receive:

  • Your birthday off work
  • No Sunday or bank holiday working
  • Access to Simply Health (claim cash-back on health-care purchases)
  • Retail discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme

About the Role: As an Optical Assistant Apprentice you will be carrying out some day-to-day duties as well as developing certain skills and expanding your role over a period of time.

You will be expected to greet customers, develop an understanding of clinically issued prescriptions, offer advice on products that are personalised for your customers, as well as carrying out admin duties and more. The role of an Optical Assistant changes day to day and will develop during the course of your apprenticeship, making it an exciting and interesting position to be involved in

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

  • Functional Skills Level 2 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

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 work 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 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, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

Stoker of Buxton Optometrists is an independent optician nestled in the heart of Buxton. Established over 100 years ago, we have been providing excellent service to our community ever since.


Stoker of Buxton Optometrists




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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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