THE high street opticians and audiologists, Specsavers, has created 81 new jobs across Scotland to support business growth and the pent-up demand for sight and hearing tests post-lockdown.
According to the British Retail Consortium, one in five high street retailers have closed due to the pandemic, with thousands of people facing unemployment and one in 20 people who want a job unable to find one.
However, Specsavers is bucking the trend with vacancies which includes various retail roles, many of which don’t always require optical experience, as well as positions for audiologists, optometrists, dispensing opticians, laboratory, management and Home Visits roles.
Head of Recruitment, Alan Gregg, says: ‘As well as people with optical or audiology experience, we are eager to find experienced retail staff who put the customer at the heart of what they do. This will help us to continue to offer the highest standards of care in order to meet the pent-up demand brought about by lockdowns and social distancing restrictions.
‘At Specsavers, we offer a variety of promising careers, each rooted in first-class training and support to help people meet their goals and aspirations.’
The locally-owned stores across Scotland comprise lots of examples of hard-working staff who have had the opportunity to climb the ladder with support and training from Specsavers.
Laura Stallerbrass is one such career success story who, after being made redundant twice in six months, found a job as an optical assistant at her local Specsavers store in Forfar in 2010. She is now a dispensing optician and part-owner of the store.
Laura says: ‘It’s sometimes hard to believe how I ended up as an optician and director of a Specsavers store, as I have changed my career choice many times. It was particularly difficult being made redundant twice in six months, but in hindsight, it was meant to be, and now I am very happy that my journey has led me to Specsavers.
‘I don’t think many people are aware of the incredible career opportunities available – I certainly wasn’t. And despite having no optical experience, hard work and Specsavers’ support mean I have achieved things I never thought possible.’
Specsavers’ Scottish chair, Susanne Akil, says: ‘We would love people to consider a career with us, even if it means doing something completely different to what they are used to, as we have such a broad spectrum of roles available and provide training at all levels. We always champion entrepreneurial spirit and many of our colleagues have gone on to own their own business.’