Two local opticians are supporting numerous members of their teams concentrate on acquiring new skills, broadening their knowledge, and attaining further qualifications.

Nousheen Nousheen and Yasir Ali who both work at Specsavers in Middleton Shopping Centre are further developing their optics careers with the support of their co-workers. Yasir begins his pre-registration qualifications this month after spending the past three years working weekends and holidays whilst studying optometry at the University of Manchester. Whilst Nousheen Nousheen, the stores resident dispensing optician for the past twelve months is entering Bradford College’s contact lens optician program on a day release basis.

Contact lens optician, Zoe Hotchkiss, who has spent the last fifteen years working between Specsavers Middleton and Specsavers Heaton Park, in Sainsbury’s on Heaton Park Road, has just began a course to further develop her career so that she can conduct minor eye condition clinics. As well as expanding her own knowledge, Zoe is also helping others to expand their own skillsets.  In addition to Nousheen, she also supervises Peter Cox, who is now in his second year of his dispensing optician course.

Lina Thompson, an optical assistant who has worked at the Middleton shop for four years, is now starting her certificate four in Optical Dispensing and has already set her sights on a dispensing optician course, which she hopes to start next year.

Meanwhile, team members at the Heaton Park location are also focusing on personal growth. Amir Masood, who has spent the last four years working weekends and holidays whilst studying optometry at the University of Manchester is now starting his pre-registration qualifications this month. His supervisor, Aquib Irfan, a resident optometrist who joined the business in the summer will also begin an independent prescribing course this month.

Together the team are working with Specsavers Middleton and Specsavers Heaton Park store directors, Kimberley Etchells and Krupal Sheth, to build a qualified, professional team who are well equipped to meet the needs and demands of communities closest to both stores.

Specsavers Middleton and Heaton Park store director, Kimberley Etchells says, ‘’We are committed to supporting the team progress professionally and gain new qualifications. These opportunities not only help colleagues on a personal level as they further their careers but also result in even better customer care for the community.’

Since the beginning of Specsavers in 1984, its founders Doug and Mary have strongly believed in giving their staff the possibility to grow and develop. And they’re still convinced that their company can only grow if their people grow. They promise to encourage their staff to keep learning and offer them the tools to do so. It’s one of the reasons why most of their staff choose to stay with them for years. Whether you just started working for Specsavers or have been with them for a while: you’ll always be encouraged to stay curious and learn something new.

For further information contact Specsavers Middleton on 0161 654 0440 or visit Specsavers Manchester – Middleton Opticians & Hearing Centre and Specsavers Heaton Park on 0161 654 0440 or visit Specsavers Heaton Park Sainsbury’s Opticians & Hearing Centre


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