Specsavers celebrates training excellence as group takes on 1000th apprentice

Posted in Apprenticeships on March 20, 2018
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

A recent recruit to a Brownhills opticians has been

named as Specsavers’ 1000th apprentice.

Madison Chancey, 21, started on the Specsavers apprenticeship scheme at the High Street store a few weeks ago. The programme offers learners an excellent opportunity
to enter the world of work in a safe and structured way, providing them with a real job, great training and a qualification.

Store director, Justine Page, says: ‘Madison is incredible. Every day she arrives smiling and ready to take on whatever the day holds. She’s an inspiration and we couldn’t be any more proud of her. We think that being named as the Specsavers’ 1000th apprentice is the first of many milestones that Madison will achieve.’

Madison, 21, says: ‘I started studying music performance at university, but it wasn’t the right fit for me. When I fell ill and had to stop my studies, I saw it as a fresh opportunity to make a start on a real career pathway with the potential to develop and learn as I work. I’ve been a Specsavers customer for a long time, and every time I came into the store I would see the same faces – it was like a family rather than a team of colleagues.

‘I’m into the second month of my training, and no two days are the same. It’s fantastic, every day brings a new challenge or a new experience and it’s really rewarding. I’m not sure yet which career route I will take when I finish my apprenticeship – I might continue to train and become a dispensing optician, or I could specialise in contact lenses. There are so many options, and I know that I’ve made a great choice in Specsavers.’

Madison was rewarded with a trophy celebrating her becoming Specsavers’ 1000th apprentice, as well as a £50 Amazon voucher. The presentation was made by Mark Cordon, head of apprenticeships for Specsavers.

Specsavers’ one-year apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and requires no previous optical experience. Apprentices can choose to work as an optical assistant or take on roles in customer service or retail. Specsavers is also trialling an optical technician apprenticeship for those interested in working in a lab. Those that complete the apprenticeship will become fully qualified in those roles with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.