Optical assistant apprenticeship

Optical assistant apprenticeship

Identify the appropriate spectacles to meet the customer’s needs

An optical assistant requires many skills to be able to work within the optical retail industry. During the optical assistant apprenticeship, you’ll find 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 for the optical assistant apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely some work experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk