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Optical Apprentice (Retail) - Level 2

Vision Express
Closing date
31 May 2022

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Job Role
Optical Management
Multiple Practice
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for a retail apprenticeship like no other? We are currently looking for an apprentice to join us in store on a 13-month programme where you will graduate with a level 2 in Optical Retail. As one of our apprentices we will give you all the training and support you need.


What can you expect from the role?


The role of an optical apprentice offers more responsibility and involvement than your normal retail apprenticeship. At Vision Express we win together, so all our colleagues have a role to play in making our customers feel special, from a warm welcome, through to help with selecting the right products for their needs.


The beauty of this role is that no two days are ever the same. With the support of your store manager and our in-house apprenticeship team we will give you all the tools you need to support your development throughout the program. You will get involved in bringing our brand to life, learning how select the right products for our customer's needs and providing them with a tailored experience.   

You can expect a busy but high achieving environment where everyone is working towards the same goal and where our culture and values are at the heart of everything we do.


If you love to learn and are looking to build a career, you will have every opportunity to develop plus all the support you need, whatever your ambitions.


About you


To join our apprenticeship programme, you will need:

  • To be at least 16 years of age
  • To not be in full or part-time education
  • To ideally have Maths of English GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C/4 or above, but don’t worry as we can support you in achieving a Functional Skills qualification in one or both these key subjects
  • Due to the nature of the programme, if you have previous optical experience, this role wouldn’t be suitable for you. However, please do check our retail optical assistant opportunities if this is the case!


    We know you matter and that is why it is our commitment to make this a job you enjoy by recognising your achievements and encouraging you to be involved in shaping our success. Our Game Changing leaders will support your career with excellent training and development opportunities. There are limitless horizons to suit your careers goals whether that be developing into a management role or progressing into professional optometry.


    Creating joy un vision for our customers, through an expert and trusted eyecare experience.

    Through organic growth and acquisition, we have almost 600 Vision Express stores across the UK, Ireland and Jersey – from big city locations, to your local high street and Tesco stores. We’re creating joy in vision across the country.

    We’re part of the leading international optical retail group, GrandVision NV

    GrandVision, part of the EssilorLuxottica group, commits to long-term investment and growth which opens up even more opportunities for our career development. Although we remain a distinct brand, our close association with GrandVision means that your opportunities aren’t limited to the UK and allows working the group within other countries a real big possibility.

    We strive to be the best we can be and we’re proud to deliver a great experience both for our customers and colleagues here at Vision Express. We put real energy into everything that we do, continuously improving our approach to achieving more. Joy in vision is about making a real difference. We're always human and we build our relationships on trust, to create relationships that last. We're genuinely interested in our customers and let every colleague voice be heard. Our people are unique and when combined, we're stronger than ever. We're striving, creating, and winning - together.

    This is our purpose, and these are our values, because we... are Vision Express.

    With many benefits that we’re proud to offer our colleagues which include;

    • 25 days annual leave + 8 bank holidays (increasing with your length of service)
    • Free Annual Eyewear
    • A Competitive Bonus Scheme
    • Competitive Perk Pension Scheme
    • Live Assurance 4x Your Annual Salary
    • Professional Fees Fully Funded
    • Flexible Working Patters
    • Friends & Family Discount Vouchers
    • A Company Car or Car Allowance
    • Additional Opt In Benefits
    • A Career Path With Support

    Other benefits include; wellbeing incentives, career breaks, internal communication platforms, private medical cover for you and your family, buy and sell scheme for holidays, give as you earn, high street discount offers, dental cover, travel insurance, career development plans along with other great benefits and learning and development support.

    With nationwide Vision Express stores, we have opportunities available for you, wherever your ambition lies.

    Check our career opportunities below at Vision Express. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out to the team at with your name, location an job role and we’ll be in touch to discuss suitable roles for you.

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