Guidance

Optical retail apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the optical retail sector.

The optical retail apprenticeship supports individuals in the optical retail sector as part of the wider healthcare team.

Training opportunities

Optical assistants and practice support staff assist the optometrist and/or dispensing optician.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeship.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You can train in roles like:

  • dispensing assistant
  • optical assistant
  • contact lens assistant
  • optical retail receptionist

Advanced level apprenticeships

The job roles of advanced apprentices are the same as on the intermediate placement. However, apprentices will train to a higher level and will be given more responsibility to aid in their progression.

Apply for a optical retail apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education