Training & Development

Working At Optical Express


We care about our people. We want to reward you for your hard work, and encourage you to grow.

We believe that it is our responsibility to help you reach your full potential, which is why we remain dedicated to our learning and development programmes.

We recognise that life should be about more than work. While we hope that
you enjoy working with us, we also want to provide you with the rewards and
benefits to enjoy and sustain your work/life balance.


Training and Development


At Optical Express we understand it is our people that make us the business we are. We believe that by investing in our people to help them perform at their best and to reach their full potential so will Optical Express. Your training starts from day one with a detailed induction to the company and industry, this is followed by a structured on the job training programme.

Our retail teams have the opportunity to attend a number of classroom sessions carried out in our regional training centres. You’ll also receive regular training on any new procedures and initiatives as well as new products.

In an industry where change happens at lightning speed, we shape our learning and development programmes to ensure we stay right at the cutting edge. We are launching a new and ‘Training for Excellence Academy’ as well as a new e-learning platform. We have redesigned the Management Development programme and in 2009 launched our Graduate Summer Academy for Optometry students.

Our Optometry Development Managers ensure regular coaching for our Optometrists as well as ongoing CET evenings throughout the year. We work hard to ensure our Pre-Registration students get all the support they need, in fact more than 80% of our students pass first time.




You help make the business what it is, so you can be certain we’ll always recognise hard work and reward it with some great benefits. As well as a continuous commitment to training that will enhance your career development, we’ll give you a competitive benefits package that will meet your needs and support your work / life balance.

The specific benefits you receive will depend on the position you are recruited into. These include:

Competitive Salary

We have benchmarked our salaries against the market to ensure you get one of the leading salaries available; we review your basic salary annually.

Excellent Bonus Schemes

We simply offer the best bonus scheme around as we feel you deserve to be financially rewarded for your contribution.
We understand that perks are just as important as salary and that is why we have a comprehensive staff discount scheme that includes family and friends

This includes free laser eye surgery for employees.

Company Pension Plan

We provide a stakeholder pension plan for all employees that you can choose to join at any time and depending on your role within the company Optical Express will contribute to help top up your pension.

Private Healthcare & Life Assurance Plans

Depending on your role we offer Private Medical, Life Assurance and Disability cover.

Holiday Entitlement

29 days holiday as well as the option to buy and sell days depending on your position within the company.

Flexible working & Career Breaks

Our employees are the heart of the business and we are committed to ensure you get your work and life balance right.