Dental Nurse Apprentice Cheddar Dental Practice

An opportunity to train to be a dental nurse in a large mixed NHS/private dental practice. The role will include assisting the dentist and being involved with an experienced team of healthcare professionals. This will suit anyone with a friendly, caring nature who has good communication skills. No prior experience required.

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Closing date: 14 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage will increase depending on performance.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. One day a week college during term time.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 May 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Chairside assistance to dentist and hygienist
  • Decontamination of instruments
  • Accessing and dealing with confidential computerised records

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The candidate will receive in-house on-the-job training and will receive the NEBDN National Diploma at the end of the apprenticeship. The training will take place at Cheddar Dental Practice and college. The college training will be one day a week during term time.

The Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship training is delivered through a combination of workplace learning and regular college attendance. This training will teach you the knowledge, skills and behaviour set out in the GDC standards. On completion, the apprentice will receive NEBDN National Diploma qualification. Functional Skills in Maths and English may also be required depending on your current level.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As a qualified dental nurse, there are many future career options. You can progress within general dental practice to become head nurse or even practice manager. There is the option of moving into hospital dentistry. One can also represent dental companies as part of their sales team, or an in-house professional training team. Further training can also be sought to become a dental hygienist. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

You MUST be prepared to commit to your work and training for the duration of the apprenticeship. You will be required to have a telephone interview with Yeovil College prior to your application being passed on. If a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date, it may close earlier so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

Independently owned family dental practice looking to employ a trainee dental nurse to join a well established, friendly dental team. The practice is situated over 2 floors with 8 treatment rooms. It is fully computerised with digital x-ray equipment. We provide both NHS and private services. On the job training will be provided within the practice alongside day release at college one day a week.


Cheddar Dental Practice





BS27 3BE

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Training provider



wendy Jenkins


Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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