Specsavers has increased the number of intakes for its Pathway leadership and development program this year to accommodate the increasing demand for optical professionals to fill joint venture partnership roles.
In recent years, Pathway has delivered three intakes annually. Moving forward, a fourth intake is being added to the schedule to meet growing demand – and according to Professional Recruitment Consultant Kimberley Hannan, who is responsible for the management of the program, the growth will not be stopping there.
“Through the Pathway Program, candidates learn practical skills they can utilise in store, transforming them from exceptional team members to confident leaders ready to manage their own practice,” Kimberley explained.
“We have received so much interest from candidates in recent years that in addition to adding a new intake in 2018, we plan to scale up to five intakes in 2019, with a view to offering six intakes in 2020.
“With our store network continually expanding across Australia and New Zealand, there are multiple opportunities arising for motivated, ambitious optical professionals to own their own business, with the support of the Specsavers Partnership. I’m excited to meet the future leaders of optometry in our upcoming 2018 intakes.”
Pathway is an intensive six-month program that prepares experienced optometrists, optical dispensers and retail managers for practice ownership. The structured program adds critical business management and development skills to the candidates’ existing clinical, dispensing or retail skills, setting up the future store-owners for success.