AN apprenticeship scheme has opened up a whole new career path for a Leigh resident.
Katy Jones was working in a cafe when her customer service skills caught the eye of Dawn Doran, a manager at Future Vision, an opticians in Leigh.
Dawn was so impressed that she began to look into apprenticeship schemes that would train Katy in optical retail, a career that customers service skills are essential for.
Katy said: "I'd never really thought about a career in optical retail until Dawn approached me while I was working in the Tesco Extra café.
We got talking about the opportunities in optical retail and it just went from there. I ultimately wanted a great career path and this opened the door for that."
The 20-year-old enrolled on a year-long course at Wirral Metropolitan College which allows her to learn on the job under Dawn's tutelage.
"When you are doing what you are learning, it makes things a lot easier to understand and you can grasp things more quickly. The apprenticeship has provided me with great new skills and the knowledge to work within a completely different industry as well as give me the confidence to go out there and try new things. Now, I have skills that I never thought I would and I can go on to further develop myself,"
Katy will finish her diploma in May and will graduate to an optical assistant at the opticians based in the Tesco Extra store.