Apprentice Dental Nurse Bensham Dental Practice

Bensham Dental Practice are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join their team as a Trainee Dental Nurse. The successful candidate will work towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing.

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £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

    Rota Based. 37 hours per week- this includes college sessions which is paid for

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    26 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Set-up and prepare the surgery for the type of patient and treatment planned before the start of each session
  •  Undertake necessary start up and end of day tests, keeping all necessary recordings in accordance with HTM 01-05 guidelines
  • Prepare the necessary materials and instruments
  • Provide clinical assistance to the dentists/therapist while treating the patient, under his/her supervision efficient
  • Chart and update patients records on the computer as necessary, and assist the dentists or therapist in the completion of records
  •  Clean and sterilise all equipment/instruments and working surfaces to the required standards at the end of each session, including the sterilising room
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills both verbally and written
  • Pleasant and competent telephone manner
  • Good interpersonal skills              
  • Good IT and typing skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to learn and teach new systems/equipment
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as individually
  • Maintain high standard of work at all times
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately
  • Ability to adhere to and apply strict rules of confidentiality
  • To be flexible and a genuine willingness to undertake any tasks which could reasonably be expected of someone in this capacity

Personal qualities

  • Detail oriented
  • Be able to understand and follow direction Organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time keeping
  • Able to work individually and part of a team
  • Caring attitude.

Qualifications required

The right candidate should have GCSEs at grades C or above in English Language and Maths or equivalent.


Future prospects

The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing is a great route for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Dental, this programme gives apprentices a first step on the career ladder and an opportunity to progress to further qualifications and skills.

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start date are subject to change. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. For example, if you already have a Level 4 qualification you still may be able to complete an apprenticeship at any level providing you meet the eligibility criteria and are learning substantive new skills.Please note; if you have been progressed, you will be contacted to complete a telephone interview. Please expect to receive a call from us. Applicants must go through this telephone procedure for your application to be progressed. Please be aware that as Northern Skills Group provide a matching recruitment service, we will also consider you for roles which pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.

About the employer

Our practices are built on reputation and the team is here to make patients feel welcome and comfortable. A visit to the dentist can sometimes make patients nervous but we can reassure patients that we will do everything we can to alleviate any fears. Sometimes all that is needed is a friendly and understanding manner. Our team is very empathetic and will help you to relax. Every person in our practice is essential to your care so we endeavour to recruit, train and retain the best people. Everyone who joins us understands our expectations and receives regular training and personal development to ensure we all share the same ethos of putting our patients at the heart of everything we do. All our dentists and clinical staff work in both our practices and are registered with the General Dental Council - our registration details can be viewed on the GDC website.


Bensham Dental Practice



Saltwell Road



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Training provider

  • Level 3 qualification in Dental Nursing
  • Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (where required)
  • Day release class

Apprenticeship standard

Dental health > Dental Nurse

Training provider

Northern Skills Group

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northern Skills Group

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017