This is your opportunity to improve your skills in a hands-on setting while earning a nationally recognised certification. As a dental nurse, you will provide vital and reliable chair-side support. You may also be expected to work in other departments of the clinic, such as reception. This will involve answering the phone, dealing with patient questions, taking payments, and arranging appointments.
If you are above the age of 16, able to work in the UK, and not currently engaged in full-time education, you will be eligible to join a Dental Nurse Apprenticeship.
How long is a dental nurse apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship lasts 18 to 24 months. It is fully funded and is made up of three main components:
- Level 3 Functional Skills Diploma in Dental Nursing
- Level 2 English and Maths qualifications (Unless you are exempt, such as if you already have A-C GCSEs in Maths and English.)
- An End Point Assessment, which consists of an in-person observation and an interview covering the knowledge, skills, and behavioural competencies taught during the programme.
The qualification is recognised by City & Guilds and is a fantastic alternative to education since you will have a job after the apprenticeship (and your pay will rise after you are certified), and you will be debt-free.