Optical Technician Apprenticeship - Exmouth Specsavers


Exmouth, EX8 1PL

Closes today

Posted on 21 June 2024


Our apprenticeship scheme gives people of all ages the chance to boost their existing skillset and start an exciting new career, all whilst earning a full-time wage. We are currently looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about making a career in optics. Your role will include producing and repairing finished, quality-assured spectacles.

Annual wage
£17,160 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Spectacle technician (level 3)
Full-time to include weekend working, exact working days and hours TBC.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 5 August


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 3 - Spectacle Maker Apprenticeship
  • Functional skills English if required
  • Daily on the job training in store - no college to attend
  • Full-time, 5 out of 7 days
  • Training provider - Specsavers Optical Superstores Limited

Where you’ll work

8-10 Exeter Road




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Spectacle technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Apply health and safety procedures in compliance with regulations and standards.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders for example, colleagues, managers and the public – verbal, written or electronic. Use industry terminology.
  • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace: PPE, COSHH, manual handling.
  • Use tools and equipment required to manufacture optical products: lenses, frames and, component parts.
  • Identify, organise and use resources to complete tasks, with consideration for cost, quality, priority and environmental impact.
  • Calibrate and maintain optical equipment and tools to supplier guidelines and MDD specifications, such as blocker, tracer, lens curve generator, coating equipment or focimeter.
  • Apply quality assurance principles and procedures and record outcomes for completed orders.
  • Identify products, their classification and any impact on manufacturing or quality, for example engravings on safety glasses, and remarking progressives.
  • Monitor stock levels and rotate stock.
  • Collect and use data on productivity and quality to improve processes and staff training.
  • Prepare component parts for manufacturing or treatment.
  • Manufacture component parts to complete the manufacturing or treatment process.
  • Use information and digital technology. Comply with data protection, and cyber security regulations and policies.
  • Apply standard operating procedures SOPs for optical products.
  • Apply repair practices and techniques to optical products.
  • Select tools and equipment to manufacture and repair optical products.
  • Plan work sequence to support the effective use of time and resources in the manufacturing process.
  • Produce customer orders from online, telephone and face to face requests.
  • Check and calibrate tools and equipment.
  • Interpret work instructions including optical prescriptions, and manufacturer’s guidance for component parts.
  • Conducts supplier and credit process.
  • Apply safe systems of work and control measures.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths (grade 9-4 (A*-C))

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Logical

    Other requirements

    Before applying, please check that you are able to travel to the store location on a daily basis bearing in mind the salary etc.

    About this company

    Specsavers is a truly talented organisation and the world's largest privately-owned optical group in the world. We have over 1,845 stores operating in over 10 countries, boasting over 37,000 colleagues worldwide. We are a revolutionary, dynamic, family business, continuing to go from strength to strength and proud of it.

    After this apprenticeship

    • Your on-the-job training will sit alongside structured learning that will lead to a nationally recognised qualification
    • At the end of your 18 months as an apprentice, you’ll be a fully-fledged Optical Technician with potential job opportunities associated with that

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000259689.

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    Closes today

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