A scheme has been launched by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) for young optical professionals or sight loss sector workers.

The Journeyman scheme provided the opportunity for people to become familiar with the WCSM at an early stage of their career and eventually progress to full membership.

The Company’s Master, Huntly Taylor, said he encouraged early years professionals in any optical discipline to give the WCSM a try.

‘This scheme makes it easier for people in the first few years of their career to get involved and explore their part in supporting better vision for all. In the last two years, half of our new members have been under 40 and our online events have attracted people living and working far away from our home base in London. We are looking forward to expanding our reach and welcoming an even more diverse group of people into the Spectacle Makers’ family,’ he said.

WCSM will also host an online event to showcase the best in the future of eye health on September 21. It will feature Cubitts founder Tom Broughton as well as optometrist and artificial intelligence researcher Reena Chopra.