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Norwich teenager quits hairdressing for Vision Express apprenticeship

PUBLISHED: 10:11 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 01 August 2018

Vision Express Graduate Ellena Riches celebrates completing her Level two apprenticeship. Picture: Vision Express

Vision Express Graduate Ellena Riches celebrates completing her Level two apprenticeship. Picture: Vision Express

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A Norwich teenager who cut short a career in hairdressing to pursue an apprenticeship is celebrating after gaining a nationally recognised qualification in optical retail.

Ellena Riches beat stiff competition to gain a place on the Vision Express apprenticeship scheme.

A 13-month programme which is managed and delivered by in-house experts, the scheme is equivalent to five GCSEs and was launched at the company in 2014.

Now, after qualifying with a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health, specialising in optical retail, the 17-year-old has been offered a permanent position in the optician’s Norwich store, as an optical assistant.

Ms Riches said: “Before joining the Vision Express apprenticeship scheme I had no direction in life and I wasn’t enjoying the hairdressing course I was doing at college. Now that I’ve graduated I can honestly say that the apprenticeship was good, there was lots to learn and every day was different.”

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