03 October 2008

Luxottica sees the big picture with RMIT

Program Coordinator John Van Braam, Head of School of Life and Physical Sciences, Graham Timmins, Luxottica’s Liana Reinhardt and Project Officer Michael Abulencia with Jason Patten and Diane Bates (seated) in the RMIT Science Labs.

RMIT University is set to work with one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of prescription frames, Luxottica Australia, to provide optical training to their employees.

Head of RMIT’s School of Life and Physical Sciences, Graham Timmins, said the contract would make RMIT and Luxottica the largest trainers in optical dispensing in the Asia-Pacific region.

"This is a significant agreement for RMIT – the partnership with Luxottica reflects our commitment to working with industry to deliver the training both employers and students need," Mr Timmins said.

"This training program enables and encourages national recognition and alignment of qualifications, in turn delivering a higher standard of graduates."

The Luxottica Group is responsible for the design, manufacture and distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses to more 130 countries and boasts 52,000 employees worldwide.

Program Manager, Jason Patten, said RMIT had been training optical dispensers for more than 25 years.

"In recent years we have undertaken a comprehensive review of what we were teaching and how we were teaching it," Mr Patten said.

"As a result, we’ve changed the way we do things, reflecting the needs of industry and students."

The Optical Dispensing team at RMIT, including John Van Braam, brought their extensive experience in the optical industry to the development and delivery of the training program.

"The Optical Training program that RMIT has developed for Luxottica is innovative and embraces online learning," Mr Van Bramm said.

"It will allow students to plan, manage and self-evaluate their learning experience and their own professional development.

"They will be also able to choose their preferred method of study, including traditional and on-line resources."

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