Age no barrier to Spec-tac-ular apprentice success

‘It’s never too late to change your life’, says Sharon Saving from Bodmin who’s embraced the world of apprenticeships age 47.

Sharon decided she wanted to broaden her employment experience – so she leapt at the chance of the optical apprenticeship opportunity at her local Bodmin Specsavers store.

The scheme is open to anyone from the age of 16, including recent school or college-leavers or those looking for a new challenge.

Sharon says:

‘To be honest, at my age I didn’t think that I would be considered for an opportunity like this, as I really thought apprenticeships were for younger people. However, during an interview with the store director, it was mentioned it as an option for me – so I decided to accept the challenge.

‘I also took it on because my employment background is in distribution administration and this is my first foray into optics, so I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get a good overall knowledge.’

Sharon’s training lasted for 13 months, and she is now part of the 94% of people across Specsavers who have taken on a full-time role with the organisation after completing an apprenticeship.

Sharon adds:

‘The apprenticeship fitted into my life perfectly because the store staff were fantastic. They supported me throughout, sending me on various courses and allowing me time each week to complete any work necessary for the course. Not only has it sparked my interests in learning again, but I’m now training to be an in-store trainer.’

Jo Mclean, store director at Specsavers Bodmin, says the store has always worked hard to support staff during and after an apprenticeship.

She adds:

‘Sharon has worked really hard throughout her apprenticeship. It has been an absolute pleasure to see her grow as a person and see her develop as a member of the team.

‘It’s really important to raise awareness and let people know that this scheme is open to all ages over 16. As Sharon has said, it’s never too late to learn new skills. We’re proud to support Bodmin people in working locally and help the local economy.

‘At the end of the day, as long as you’re a hard worker, punctual and ambitious, you will do well at Specsavers, and there is plenty of opportunity to continue with your development.’

Specsavers is passionate about developing people and has taken on 2,000 apprentices to date across the UK and Ireland. Apprenticeship opportunities range from intermediate to degree and masters level, as well as across different areas of the business. This includes optical and audiology schemes, within the company’s support offices and manufacturing and distribution sites. You can find out more or view our apprenticeship vacancies here, or you can speak to a member of the Recruitment Administration and Support Service Team on 01566 771 888.

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