Apprentice Optical Assistant DARLINGTON EYECARE LIMITED

This is an excellent opportunity to follow a career path that 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.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.50 - £7.50

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am to 5:30pm. Alternating Saturdays: 9.00am to 5.30pm, with a day off in the week (30 minute lunch break).

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • 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 computerised patient records
  • Process NHS and private payments
  • Use computerised patient recalls
  • Assist in the choosing of patients' frame choice
  • Telephone patients when they are due for 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 is given to fit spectacles and small repairs
  • Stock Control and Merchandising
  • Meet and greet patients on entering the practice
  • Housekeeping duties

The training you will be getting

  • Optical Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification
  • Long-term career and promotion prospects
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
  • For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.
  • A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Additional opportunities for further training/qualifications
  • Possible full time position in this area of work.

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

Boots Opticians Limited operates a chain of ophthalmic and dispensing optician stores in the United Kingdom.







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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

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Jun 2024