Apprentice Dental Nurse Springfield Dental Care

This dental practice has fantastic opportunity to join their team as an Apprentice Dental Nurse. As part of this role you will study towards the Dental Nurse Level 3 Apprenticeship with Colchester Institute, attending college one day per week. Your main duties will include assisting the dentist with preparing instruments and equipment.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 2024

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 8:30 - 17:45. 4 days in practice, 1 in college.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Your main duties will be assisting the dentist with preparing instruments and equipment, mixing different materials as required and providing suction support.

You will undertake your practical duties such as:

  • Cross infection control and decontamination
  • Chair side clinical treatments supporting the dentist
  • Processing of x-rays
  • Accurate record keeping in line with the GDPR

Possible rotation in the practice may also involve working in central decontamination and reception duties.

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard for a duration of 24 months which includes the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute (Colchester Campus) one day per week during term time
  • During the course all students are observed regularly in the workplace undertaking clinical duties and ensuring they are following safe working practice

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will gain a Licence to Practice qualification that will allow you to register with the General Dental Council and you can apply for registered/qualified positions
  • There may be opportunities for you to study further and apply for other positions within the dental industry

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Trustworthy, Manual dexterity


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including maths and English (Grade 9-4/A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent science is also preferred for career progression (Grade 9-4/A*-C) Desired

Things to consider

The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check and complete a course Hepatitis B vaccinations. Commencement of work can be negotiated individually, depending on personal circumstances and commitments.

About the employer

We are very proud to offer an exceptionally high standard of care, our research based approach to dentistry promotes the use of prevention above intervention but when absolutely necessary we always practice minimally invasive techniques. This conventional approach is founded upon soundly researched theory and highly trained clinicians who have their patients best interest at heart. We are always at the forefront of dental innovations in materials, techniques and technology. We have been sustainably investing in the practice since 2013 and have increased capacity with one extra surgery, increased staffing and brought in the newest intra-oral 3D scanning technology. We are now able to offer more services including orthodontic treatment, dental implants for tooth replacement and through our group have access to sedation services and more rigorous out-of-hours care, including emergency treatment on Saturday and Sunday. We have further plans for Springfield Dental Practice and we hope to see more positive changes and innovations in the coming years. We expect Chelmsford to continue to expand and we plan to continue to try and meet this need for the growing number of patients without reducing our high standard of care. We hope that from first entering our practice you will be greeted by a friendly and approachable member of staff and that we can calmly guide you through even the most complex of dental treatments.


Springfield Dental Care






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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


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team

01206 712043

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 21 Jun 2024