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The apprenticeship supports businesses in the optical industry. It’s suitable for employees with little or no experience in the industry or those who have experience but want to build their skills. Apprentices will learn to establish and maintain working relationships in an optical practice, provide optical information and advice, maintain records, sell products and contribute to the health and safety in the workplace. 

The qualification

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for an SCQF level 5 qualification in Optical Practical Support. 

Entry requirements

Candidates don’t need previous experience at this level. 

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, employees could secure positions in roles such as: 

  • Dispensing assistant 
  • Optical assistant 
  • Contact lens assistant 
  • Optical retail receptionist 

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-18 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000