Bexleyheath teenager graduates as eyecare apprentice
PUBLISHED: 14:40 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 11 March 2016
David Borg, 18, now hopes to qualify as store supervisor or manager
A teenager from Bexleyheath has graduated as an eyecare apprentice ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which kicks off on Monday.
David Borg, 18, graduated from the Specsavers Optical Apprenticeship programme - the biggest government-accredited scheme of its kind in the UK.
Those that complete it become qualified optical assistants with the chance of full time employment at Specsavers.
The programme also opens up successful apprentices to further studying opportunities, with the potential to qualify as a dispensing optician within five years.
Mr Borg said: “When I left school in 2014 I started working full-time at Specsavers in Bexleyheath meeting and greeting customers.
“I quickly learned the ropes and became more confident with my customer services skills.
“My interest in optics also grew and that’s when my director approached me to recommend that I consider enrolling on the Specsavers Apprenticeship scheme.
“I graduated from the scheme just last week and have loved being a part of the team.
“My career has progressed further than I’d have imagined, and now I plan to study the Institute of Leadership and Management course in the hope of qualifying as a store supervisor or manager.
“My colleagues have been so supportive throughout my apprenticeship and it’s definitely something I’d recommend to other school-leavers who are considering a career in optics.”
Specsavers Bexleyheath store director Wouter De Wit says: “We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to unlock the potential of young people and provide a way for them to embark on successful and fulfilling careers.
“Our scheme benefits those who want to work their way up to qualifying as a dispensing optician. It’s also a great opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.”
The programme includes the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Optics, monthly assessor visits, observations, online learning and courses.
Apprentices also learn on the job, working in-store alongside eyecare professionals.