Vision Express experiences high demand for its apprenticeship scheme

300 people applied to be optical retail apprentices at Vision Express during its first intake, it has been reported. The firm has initially hired 20 apprentices who begin their training next month, working towards a Level 2, Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health (Optical Retail).

Last year, Vision Express joined the 5% club, pledging to have 5% of its workforce on apprenticeships over a five year period.

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson said: “Schemes of this kind are in high demand – impacted by the uncertainly of the UK economy and by an increasing number of young people opting for a skills route over traditional further and high education.”