Program Overview

Pathway is a four-month course through which experienced Specsavers optometrists, optical dispensers and retail managers prepare for practice ownership and qualify to become Specsavers joint venture partners.

What does Pathway offer?

Pathway is an integrated development program that involves far more than classroom learning. Benefits of completing the program include:


Learn valuable leadership and business management skills that will elevate your career.

Blended learning

Test out your new skills in-store while receiving face-to-face training and utilising online resources.


Gain one-on-one coaching and mentor support from experienced store and Specsavers Support staff.


Access extended support from the dedicated Pathway team, whose sole job is to help you realise your partnership goals.


Build relationships with like-minded colleagues through the program modules and social events.

Priority selection

Have first pick of suitable new Specsavers partnership opportunities upon program completion.


A wide support network is available to you as a Pathway participant.

Our Pathway team will be available to assist you and answer any questions you may have in between modules, and will touch base with you regularly throughout the program to ensure you’re on the right track.

Having been through the process themselves, your store partners will be able to provide advice and counsel during your development and may also provide additional coaching to help you embed your learning in a practical setting.

You will also have numerous opportunities to network and stay in contact with your fellow Pathway participants. As you are on the same journey, you will more than likely be facing the same challenges, and by building these relationships and sharing your experiences, you may be able to help each other overcome them.

After completion of the program, you will also be supported by a dedicated Partner Recruitment team.

Meet the Team

Learn more about the Specsavers support staff who will be supporting you on your journey to partnership and what they love about being involved in Pathway.

Kimberley Forbes

Pathway Program Lead

"I’m responsible for the end-to-end delivery of Pathway – from when you express your interest in the program through to your final assessment. I am also your main point of support, ready to answer any query you might have while you’re on the program and to provide assistance as required. What I love most about Pathway is that I get to be a part of your journey, playing a key role in your development on your way to joint venture partnership."

Jenny Thang

Jenny Thang

Pathway Program Consultant

"Working alongside Kim, my role is to dedicate my time to supporting all aspects of the Pathway Program. My expertise is and always will be to provide support to our individuals who are making this big leap towards Partnership. My goal is for you to take away all the valuable insights from the program that will set you up for success in your future. Please make sure to lean on me for help or have a chat whenever you need."

How to Apply

There are two ways to join Pathway:

  1. Let your store partner and/or your Regional Relationship Manager know that you are interested in joining Pathway and they will liaise with the Pathway team on your behalf.
  2. Apply directly to the Pathway team. From there, the Pathway team will get in touch with your Regional Relationship Manager and/or your store partner to discuss your candidacy.

Pathway intake dates

Looking ahead to the year that will be, our Pathway team are excited to share our schedule for the Pathway program in 2022. Due to the high demand of our team members wishing to take the next step with Pathway and Partnership we have increased our offering from 3 to 4 intakes.

These modules will see our transition to a hybrid delivery model with a combination of face to face and virtual offerings. We are also in the process planning some great new content and formatting to expertly guide our participants, ensuring they are set up for success.

Not with Specsavers?

Understanding Specsavers’ culture, brand and how we operate as a business is a critical part of being a successful Specsavers joint venture partner, and the best way to learn these elements is to experience them in-store. As such, all potential Pathway participants must be employed with Specsavers full-time for a period of time before they can be eligible to join Pathway.

Although Pathway is for Specsavers optical professionals, we welcome expressions of interest from anyone seeking to join our joint venture partnership. Enquire now and a member of our team will get in touch to discuss your next steps towards leading your own Specsavers store.

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