In 2018 we began work on a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Optical Practice Support. This was designed with input from all sectors of the profession and delivered last year. We now have approval to work on a Higher Level certificate and the first meeting is due to take place in September 2020. Feedback from the profession has always indicated more interest for the Higher Level Certificate.
There are considerable challenges of all types in optical practices at present in terms of the safe provision of services. In these uncertain times it is our opinion that these two certificates will give employers more flexibility and assurance that they can provide the right services by the right people in their practices. Employees will have demonstrable proof of their skillset to help with career progression and personal development.
We would welcome input from any members of the profession, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org