Optical assistant apprentice Barlindene LTD T/A Surrey Opticians

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Optical Assistant based in Coulsdon, Surrey. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience within an Optical company supporting day to day tasks whilst gaining on the job qualifications.

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Closing date: 31 May 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

    Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Optical Assistant Apprentice, you will embark on an exciting journey to learn the ins and outs of the optical industry. This apprenticeship program offers practical training and educational opportunities to develop the skills necessary to assist optometrists and opticians in providing excellent eye care services to our clients. You will be an integral part of our team, contributing to a positive customer experience and ensuring smooth operations within our optical practice.

The duties within this role include:

Customer Service:

  • Provide exceptional customer service by greeting clients, scheduling appointments, answering phone calls, and addressing enquiries with professionalism and courtesy

Assistance in Eye Examinations:

  • Assist optometrists in conducting preliminary tests, such as visual acuity and intraocular pressure measurements
  • Gather patient medical histories, and prepare examination rooms for eye tests

Frame Selection and Styling:

  • Help clients choose frames that suit their preferences, lifestyle, and prescription requirements
  • Provide guidance on lens options, coatings, and other optical products

Optical Product Knowledge:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of various optical products, including lenses, frames, contact lenses, and accessories
  • Educate clients on the features and benefits of different products

Order Processing and Inventory Management:

  • Manage inventory levels, replenish stock, organising stock and place orders for eyewear and related products
  • Ensure accuracy in order processing and maintain organised records of inventory transactions
  • Learn to use optical software systems for order entry and inventory tracking

Assistance with Frame Adjustments and Repairs:

  • Learn basic frame adjustment techniques and assist with minor repairs and adjustments under the supervision of experienced optical professionals

Compliance and Quality Assurance:

  • Adhere to regulatory guidelines and industry standards to uphold the highest level of quality and safety in optical services
  • Follow established protocols for sanitation, hygiene, and infection control

Professional Development:

  • Actively participate in training sessions, workshops, and educational programs to enhance knowledge and skills in the optical field
  • Stay updated on advancements in technology, products, and industry trends

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Optical Assistant Apprenticeship
  • 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

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Trainee Optical Assistant. This entry-level position offers an excellent opportunity to build your career in the optical industry. As a Trainee Optical Assistant, you will receive comprehensive training and support to develop the skills necessary to assist optometrists and opticians in delivering exceptional eye care services to our clients.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Initiative, Interpersonal skills, Helpful, Ability to multitask, Basic computer proficiency


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

The Surrey Opticians team has been proudly looking after our customers? eyes since 1997. Headed up by Mr Roop Maini, an optometrist with over 29 years experience, we have four independent practices in Coulsdon, Wallington, Wallington Green and Banstead. And we all share one clear goal, to give you the best optical experience imaginable.


Barlindene LTD T/A Surrey Opticians





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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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