Dental Nurse Apprentice ASPIRE LICHFIELD LTD

A fantastic opportunity has become available to become a dental nurse apprentice at Spires Dental Clinic. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a desire to embark upon a career as a Dental Nurse, someone who has excellent communication skills with the self motivation to learn.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    25 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    22 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Working alongside the dentist, taking instruction from them and responding in an appropriate manner
  • Maintaining good infection control procedures and adhering to policies and protocols
  • Ensuring cleanliness of surgery, equipment and instruments used and carrying out general housekeeping duties
    Dictate information from dentist and recording patient information correctly
  • Arrange appointments, answering calls and inputting data on the computer
  • Assist with administration tasks and ensure records are kept up to date and to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Dental nurses interact daily with patients and therefore you must be able to make patients feel welcome and offer reassurance to anxious patients endeavouring to make their experience as comfortable as possible

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

Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 functional skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

There will be limited sessions that will require college attendance at our Walsall Campus, during the training period. All other sessions remain virtual on a once weekly basis.

Full-time apprentices will typically spend 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off the-job training. As this vacancy is not a full-time apprenticeship the duration has been extended.

The purpose of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world.

EPA methods of examination examples:

  • Assessment method 1: Knowledge Test
  • Assessment method 2: Observation of Practice
  • Assessment method 3: Interview underpinned by a portfolio

The focus is now on the outcome of an apprenticeship and apprentices have to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified they need.

Training is virtual once per week however there are x3 taught sessions that will require mandatory college attendance. Notice of these will be provided upon enrolment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

GDC Registration

Permanent position available subject to successful completion on programme. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C) Essential

Things to consider

Hep B vaccinations Enhanced DBS checks and references will be required

About the employer

We are a little bit different at Spires Dental. Our difference stems from our philosophy about dentistry; we like to call it Altruistic Dentistry. Dentistry can be very reactive; the dentist waits for a problem and then acts. This cannot be the right way for two reasons: Dental problems are entirely preventable. All dentistry fails so we need to be careful as to when and how we do it. Our aim is to assess each of our clients as an individual, and then put a plan in place that so they can attain (or maintain) a trouble free, low maintenance mouth. If a problem is detected we look at why it has occurred, resolve the problem and put in measures to eliminate the risk factors so that there is less chance of recurrence.






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Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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