Optical assistant

Optical assistant

“An optical assistant listens to customers’ individual needs and finds a solution that’s right for them”

An optical assistant requires many skills to be able to work within the optical retail industry. As an optical assistant apprentice, you’ll see that you are often the person who spends the most time interacting with customers, so you’ll develop strong communication and listening skills, and a passion for working with others to deliver excellent service and products that are both clinically and cosmetically correct. You may work within a small practice, a large multiple practice or within the domiciliary environment. You’ll learn to interpret and understand a clinically issued prescription, its effects on the eye, and the customer’s vision, as well as identify the appropriate spectacles to meet the customer’s needs and be able to explain the features and benefits of these, using non-technical customer-friendly language.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely some work experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

More information: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/optical-assistant

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies