Press release: Careers in Eyecare secure new sponsor

Careers in Eyecare, the award winning cross sector initiative to highlight the range of careers in eye care and eye wear, has received a boost as Woodspeen Training comes on board as a sponsor.

With over 30 years’ experience, Woodspeen Training is a well-established provider of Level 2 – Level 5 Apprenticeship and skills programmes. In the past year it has also begun to offer optical assistant apprenticeships.

Kay Bagshaw FBDO of Woodspeen Training says, “We are delighted to support the Careers in Eyecare campaign. Starting out as an Optical Assistant (OA) apprentice is the first step to a wide variety of potential careers, and at Woodspeen we are already helping young people learn the essential skills to become a great OA. We are looking forward to working with Careers in Eyecare to attract young people to this amazing industry where there is something for everyone, whether they are interested in health, technology, science, retail, business or fashion.”

Nick Walsh of ABDO says: “Careers in Eyecare was born from a desire to do more to raise awareness of all of the great career opportunities available in our sector. The campaign aims to ensure that we have a future pipeline of new talent to keep the sector buoyant and fresh. Having Woodspeen as a sponsor helps us to increase the range of help, expertise and resources that we can offer to students, teachers and careers advisers. We look forward to working with Woodspeen and any other companies who would like to become sponsors too.”

Find out more about the campaign here.

You can also find the campaign on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

The Careers in Eyecare campaign, which was launched by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in 2020, is now sponsored by Woodspeen, Specsavers and Stepper (UK) Limited. The campaign is looking for further support. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved, email Nick Walsh,


Notes to Editors

  1. Media enquiries to Antonia Chitty
  2. The Careers in Eyecare campaign promotes careers across the sector, highlighting the range of clinical, fashion, design, technical and retail roles available. It maximises the use of social media to reach out to young people, parents and careers advisers, and those looking to change career.
  3. ABDO represents over 6000 qualified dispensing opticians in the UK
  4. Careers in Eyecare won the ‘Best Newcomer’ 2020 award from Youth Employment UK.
  5. With over 30 years’ experience, Woodspeen Training is a well-established provider of Level 2 – Level 5 Apprenticeship and skills programmes. It has a highly skilled and experienced team of Advisors and Tutors who support employers and Apprentices throughout their journey. Whether you are school leaver looking to start their career or an employer looking to develop your workforce, we will have the training and development solution that meets your aspirations and requirements.