DOES YOUR INDEPENDENT PRACTICE OFFER PRE REGISTRATION POSITIONS FOR OPTOMETRY STUDENTS OR TRAINEE POSITIONS FOR DISPENSING OPTICIANS?
The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) are committed to the future of the Independent Sector of our profession and are encouraging all Independent Practitioners offering placements to be readily identified by students looking for such positions.
It is apparent to AIO, from discussions with the students, that the majority of the placements appear to be within the corporate sector of the professions. Once students have started on the multiples employment/ franchise route it appears difficult for them to pull out and enter Independent practice.
This Independent sector will very soon disappear if there are no new professional staff entering our practices.
The AIO is encouraging all Independent practices to consider offering placements.
The AIO Database, freely available to the students and the profession, lists the practices already offering placements for pre registration students and/ or trainee Dispensing Opticians
AIO would like to thank Myers La Roche for all their help and support in setting up the Supervising Practices Database