Modern Apprenticeships might be right for you if you prefer to learn from hands-on experience, and would prefer part time rather than full time study. Being able to earn while you learn is another plus point.
The Modern Apprenticeship in Optical Practice Support is available at SCQF Level 5.
You will learn about providing great patient care and gain the knowledge and skills required to assist customers about their eye wear needs. You will book appointments, repair spectacles, deal with enquiries/complaints and keep up to date with workplace stock and new lines. You will also work with an optometrist to ensure that you are aware of the necessary regulation and governance.
Anyone living in Scotland who is over school leaving age can apply. Sometimes employers set an upper age limit, as the Scottish Government doesn’t always fund training for those aged over 24.
You would check this with individual employers.
This depends on the industry, level of apprenticeship and the employer’s requirements.
It could range from no formal entry requirements to a group of subjects at National 4 or 5. For Technical Apprenticeships you may need some subjects at Higher.
They may also look for some work experience or volunteering work you’ve done that demonstrates core skills, such as communication.
You will be able to see details in vacancies advertised.
You will achieve the relevant Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), Diploma or other competency based qualification. In addition, you work towards core skills and complete industry specific training.
Most Modern Apprenticeships take between 2 – 4 years to complete. This depends on the industry and the level you are completing.
If you start an apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6, you may be able to progress to a higher level, if available. You could also progress into a related job.
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To search for vacancies and to apply, go to www.apprenticeships.scot.