Optical Assistant Apprentice Visionsave

This vacancy is for an Optical Assistant Apprentice based in Bolton. 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: 28 Jun 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 - Friday, 9am - 5:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    20 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

This is a great opportunity to start a career within the Optical Industry. By starting with us as an apprentice you will get to experience hands on training within the practice as-well as online training with our Training Provider Training 2000.

Your role as an Optical Assistant Apprentice will involve;

  • Greeting customers
  • Pre-screening customers
  • Helping customers to select the correct frames for their lenses
  • Answering phone calls
  • Booking eye test appointments
  • General admin duties such as updating patient details on the practice system
  • Repairing and adjusting glasses
  • Ensuring that all patients have a great experience when visiting us

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.
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date. 

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 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 into a Management course.
  • Practice ownership - Go into business yourself, partnership or Franchise.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Optical company based in Bolton. Vision Save guarantee you will receive original products only and you will receive the exact prescription and brand of contact lenses as specified in your order.




155 Deane Road



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Training provider


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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