Apprentice Level 3 Dental Nurse Sawley Dental Practice

Sawley Dental in Derbyshire is looking for a friendly and caring Apprentice Dental Nurse to join their practice. This is a fantastic opportunity for a candidate that is passionate about pursuing a career as a dental nurse. The role includes working chairside with a dentist in a busy dental practice.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 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 – Friday 9am – 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The College Day Release for this course is planned to start 28 February 2024, however, you can still go for an interview and start employment in the meantime.

Duties within the role you will be trained to do include:

  • Working chairside with a dentist in a busy dental practice
  • To ensure health and safety is adhered to at all times in surgery
  • To be professional at all times
  • To ensure you have good communication at all times
  • To make patients feel at ease and comfortable at all times
  • To innovate ideas and initiate action to improve the overall perception of the practice, ensuring its good name continues
  • To ensure all facilities are presented to the highest levels of cleanliness and comfort
  • To be aware of all health & safety issues within the practice, to constantly implement and assess procedures, drawing attention to any unsafe practices
  • To make sure all parts of the practice are safe and secure when not in use
  • To cover duties of such other members of staff as required
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required to assist in the running of the dental practice
  • Portray a professional and positive image of the dental practice, wearing the uniform provided whilst on duty

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore most of the time you will be working at the employer's address.


The training you will be getting

You will complete the following on a day release basis once every 2 weeks at college in Nottingham City Centre for training starting February 2024 for 18 months

Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing Diploma Level 3 Dental Nursing. See link below for more detail on what you will learn and aim to achieve on this apprenticeship.

Functional Skills maths OR English Level 2 if not exempt.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The potential of ongoing employment as a qualified dental nurse once the apprenticeship has been completed and a position is available at that time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English & maths (Grade 4 or C or Level 2 pass) Essential

Things to consider

Working as a dental nurse you will need to have a clear criminal record. A check will be arranged by the employer for the successful candidate - they pay the fees for this. Also you will be required to have a series of Hepatitis B injections. After the first you can work in the dental surgery room. This is something the employer arranges and covers the cost of. Although we ask a question on how you will travel to work, please note there is no requirement to have a driving licence and your own vehicle for this apprenticeship.

About the employer

Sawley Dental is a friendly, independent family dentist that has been caring for people and their teeth since 1983. They pride themselves on high quality treatments in a caring and helpful environment.


Sawley Dental Practice





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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Nottingham College Apprenticeship Team

0115 9457260

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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