Views sought on optical technician training

ABDO and ABDO College are seeking industry involvement in developing the optical technicians programme.

A statement issued today said: “The optical sector is broadening all the time with different styles of practice, manufacturing and facilities evolving almost on a daily basis. The needs of the population are changing. We need to be ahead of this curve and have trained colleagues in place to respond to patient needs now and in the future. An area that has been identified as an opportunity to make the most of is that of optical technicians.

“The need for high quality technicians has never been greater. Many practices are providing more and more ‘on site’ bespoke services. Expectations on lead times on work from labs is becoming more competitive, and the uncertainty around how processes involving overseas elements will work in future can all be assisted with more professionally trained technicians in more practices and labs.

“ABDO and ABDO College want to help with this. A review of the optical technician programme is now underway, and industry feedback on its future content and delivery will form a keystone in this process.

“To get involved by providing feedback please click the link below. Within the survey, there is also an opportunity to register your interest in being part of a new focus group set up to help shape the future of this qualification.”

Take part in the survey here.