We are currently looking for an Apprentice to join our team of Dental Nurses to work as a part of our West Country Dental Team based in Truro

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £151.88 - £264.38

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage rates are £4.05 an hour for 16 - 17 year olds, £5.60 an hour for 18 - 20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship(usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    5 days a week 37.5 hours a week with (7.5 hours dedicated to studies)

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Clean and sterilise all equipment and working surfaces to the required standards at the end of each session
  • Prepare the necessary materials and instruments
  • Liaise with reception over necessary future appointments for each patient
  • Provide clinical assistance to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] while treating the patient, acting under his/her supervision
  • Interpret the needs of patients and dentists [hygienists/therapists] and deal with them promptly and efficiently
  • Assist the dentist [hygienist/therapist] in the completion of patient records
  • Deal with customer enquiries, manage reception desk, cashing up and general housekeeping
  • Act as first point of contact within surgery so must be courteous, professional, and efficient
  • Develop digital x-rays
  • Ensure adequate stocks of materials are within the surgery

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer skills
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively – both in writing and verbally
  • Diligent
  • Ability to work in a small team and be a team player

Personal qualities

  • Punctual and Reliable
  • Friendly
  • Presentable
  • Happy to seek help when stuck
  • Confident, positive, outlook with a can-do attitude
  • Energetic
  • Motivated to succeed and learn
  • Courteous & Professional
  • Takes Initiative

Qualifications required

GCSE A*-C in Maths and English or equivalent qualification required, however lower grades will be considered.

Future prospects

Smile Together is a forward thinking innovative company as above and we are always looking for ways to develop and train staff, employing an apprentice is a great opportunity for us to grow and develop our career progression pathway.

Things to consider

Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. More information is available at:

About the employer

Smile Together own and operate dedicated expert NHS clinics under the name of West Country Dental Care and high street dental practices under its Brighter Dental brand. A forward thinking and innovative company, we are one of the South West’s largest NHS referral and emergency providers and function as a staff-owned community interest company. As a dedicated employee, you will be part of a multi award-winning team. As an organisation we have achieved a lot over the last 12 months, some of our key achievements include: • Winning ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Cornwall Business Awards, 2017; • Winning Silver in the ‘Best New Business’ Category at the Cornwall Business Award, 2017; • One of our own Dental Nurses, won ‘Dental Nurse of the Year’ at the National Dental Awards, 2017; • Launching ‘Brighter Smiles’, a new oral health campaign for Cornwall. Our intention is to roll out our community model across the country; • Over a 2 week period, 27 Smile Together volunteers travelled 1500 miles around the county to bring dental care to those who need it most via a mobile dental unit; • Launching a community sponsorship programme (Community Chest), currently covering 9 local clubs and organisations that promote sports or healthy activities. • Setting up a Staff Council that is made up of staff elected members. As you can see, there is a lot going on across the company, so why not come and join us… We are currently looking for an Apprentice to join our team of Dental Nurses to work as a part of our West Country Dental Team




Truro Health Park

Infirmary Hill



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Training provider

All underpinning knowledge towards the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 and functional skills (where applicable), including the Diploma in Dental Nursing.

Apprenticeship standard

Dental health > Dental Nurse

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Tempdent


Daniel Swann

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017