Seriously. I wouldn’t bother.
Apprentice Optical Assistant (Former Employee) – West Midlands – 4 May 2018
I was an apprentice at a Specsavers store. If you’re wanting to be treated as though you’re a number and not a person I’d recommend working here. Management were terrible. I acctually left the apprenticeship as I was being bullied by a higher member of staff to the point I’d leave crying every night. Long hours, it takes the biscuit...
As an apprentice you should have 37.5 hours working, with 2.5 hours for coursework based in store.
I wasn’t given any time for coursework at all. Over the time I was there I was NOT sent on any of the out of store courses I needed to attend, to both develop on the apprenticeship but also for company policy.
After 6 months I hadn’t attended any, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY?!?!
Customers can be lovely, but also can be rude. I loved the job and learning the roll. But (especially as an apprentice) they pay you a pitiful amount, for running around as the dogs body and being treated like a verbal punch bag by supervisors and other members of management and staff.
So. In conclusion, (for any people who are looking for an apprenticeship) they pay you a pitiful amount for treating you like dirt, they won’t send you on courses and/or give you time for coursework and then extend your probation period/apprenticeship so they can continue to pay you next to nothing for a qualification that you probably not get overall.
I can’t say this is ALL branches. But that was my experience.
Long hours. Treated terribly by staff and management. Ect