Optical Practice Support

Modern Apprenticeship



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. 

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5.

Select Level 5 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

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

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How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

Find a learning provider