A DIDCOT opticians has welcomed five new recruits to its store.
Specsavers in the Orchard Centre, which remains open for routine testing according to local area government guidelines, now boasts a 20-strong team.
New staff members include Sunil Obhrai, senior optometrist, Tess Christie, dispensing optician and Caitlin Whelan, apprentice. They are joined by part-time optical assistants Chloe Sweetnam and Hana Pannel who are both studying for their ‘A’ levels so work on weekends and during the holidays.
Suni qualified as an optician in 2016 before taking up a role at Reading Specsavers, while Tess has an impressive 12 years as a dispensing optician under her belt. For Caitlin, after completing her A-levels in July, she wasn’t entirely sure what to do other than knowing she’d like it to be related to biology. When she read about the Specsavers apprenticeship she decided to apply and is already proving to be a natural in the optical environment.
For Chloe and Hana, the draw to Specsavers Didcot was a part-time role that would both challenge and excite them. Supporting customers and helping to look after their eye care needs has turned out to be just the ticket and they are both really enjoying the experience.
‘We are super happy to have our new team members on board and they’ve all become part of the furniture very quickly,’ comments Adela Garcia, store director Specsavers Didcot. ‘It’s been a challenging year for many businesses and so we are incredibly thankful to be in the position of taking on new recruits.
‘We pride ourselves on our culture and our people are very important to us – so we look forward to continuing to support our team and watch them develop with us.
‘I’d like to also take this opportunity to say thank you to two long serving members of the team who are leaving us but staying within the Specsavers family. Pennapa West leaves after 10 years to take up a role at the Wantage store, while Sarah Munns, who had been with us for eight years joins the Calcot store in January.’
In line with NHS guidance, Specsavers colleagues use personal protective equipment (PPE) and all testing equipment and frames are thoroughly sanitised after each use. To help manage social distancing, the store is encouraging customers to book an appointment in advance by phone or online via specsavers.co.uk. New hygiene and personal protection measures include restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time, strict social distancing rules and, where possible, card instead of cash payments.
For more information or to book an eye test, call the store on 01235 517100 or go to www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/didcot