Specsavers in Coleraine has welcomed two new team members bringing the total number of employees to 34.
Vicky Hogg has been appointed as a trainee Optical Assistant.
A former pupil of Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated Vicky has 11 years retail experience.
She will now begin a comprehensive training programme to become a fully qualified optical assistant.
Shannon Robinson has also joined the Specsavers tean as a trainee optical assistant. Shannon studied at Dunluce Secondary School in Bushmills before taking up employment in the hospitality and care home sectors. She is looking forward to the customer care aspect of her new job and will be training alongside Vicky towards full qualification as an optical assistant.
Welcoming Vicky and Shannon, Specsavers store director Judith Ball said, “Specsavers in Coleraine has continually expanded its team to meet the ever increasing needs of our customers. We are delighted that Vicky and Shannon have joined us and wish them well as they develop their careers within our team.”
Meanwhile Naomi Stewart, a 20 year old student from Limavady has just completed her second year of optometry at Ulster University in Coleraine and is now looking forward to a six week summer placement at the town centre business getting hands-on experience.
Naomi explains, “For the past two years my BSc course has focused on the theory of visual health and becoming familiar with all the equipment used in assessing patients. The opportunity to work in Specsavers is going to add an invaluable practical element to that learning and really bring it to life.
“Everyone in the store is so committed to my development. I’m supervised by Alison McCauley and Danielle Wilson and am getting great experience on the shop floor and hope to soon carry out some dispensing!”
Specsavers store director Judith Ball added, “We are delighted to host a placement student each summer. It keeps us in touch with the Optometry Department at the University and allows us to get to know the students who are potentially our future employees. “