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Dental Nursing Apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

Professional dental nursing apprenticeship training at Gloucestershire College. Next cohort starting in September 2021 for both new and existing staff members.

About dental nursing apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

If you are looking to recruit a dental nursing apprentice for your practice, Gloucestershire College can support you every step of the way from recruitment to professional, trusted training.

We work with dental practices and settings across Gloucestershire and beyond to train their dental nursing apprentices to the highest of standards. Awarded ‘Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020’ when you take on dental nursing apprentices with GC, you can expect dedicated support and training from industry experts to help you build a committed, skilled team of professionals for your practice.

Providing both remote and face-to-face delivery, you can choose the preferred delivery method to suit your practice and apprentice.

Remote or face-to-face training delivery by expert trainers

For both new and current staff members. 


Next cohort start date: September 2021

Recruit a dental nurse apprentice with Gloucestershire College

If you are ready to recruit a dental nurse apprentice, simply get in touch with our friendly team. Our dedicated team of dedicated experts will support you through the whole process. If you are new to apprenticeships, we will tell you everything you need to know and answer any questions you may have.

The first step will be to arrange a one-to-one meeting with one of our business consultants who will take the time to understand your practice’s unique needs and requirements. We will provide no-obligation advice and guidance to ensure you get the right training for you and your apprentice. 

We offer a free recruitment service to bring quality, enthusiastic talent into your business. We advertise vacancies, pre-screen and interview candidates for you. We advertise on the national government ‘find an apprenticeship’ website, plus you have the option to advertise the vacancy as well. You will have the final selection of the shortlisted candidates.  

Our apprenticeships are open to both new and existing employees enabling employers to upskill their team and future-proof their business with new skills. Already have an apprentice in mind or a current member of staff looking to train? We can get them signed up.

Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship programme details

A dental nurse must be qualified and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) to work in a dental practice. Our apprenticeship allows aspiring dental nursing to meet this requirement and so much more developing both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge together to become a well-rounded professional. Our apprenticeship covers dental and regional anatomy, prevention and control of infection, health promotion and disease prevention, the safe use of ionising radiation, legislative compliance and regulatory requirements and more. Download our fact sheet below for the full programme details.

Our Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship programme has three main components:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English
  • End Point Assessment – an in-practice observation and interview to demonstrate the required professional skills, knowledge and behaviour.

Starting in September 2021 

Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship fact sheet

Support for employers with dental nursing apprentices

Every employer who works with Gloucestershire College is assigned a dedicated Training Coordinator who will visit your apprentice regularly in the workplace and support you as an employer throughout your journey. Your Training Coordinator will keep track of your apprentice’s progress, targets and success in the workplace.

Got a question? Get in touch to find out more. 

Support for dental nursing apprentices

Dental nursing apprentices at Gloucestershire College will work with an experienced, expert trainer and assessor who will deliver their learning at our Cheltenham campus or remotely. With regular visits to your workplace, your apprentice’s trainer will see them flourish in the working environment and in our classrooms, following their progress from start to finish.

Apprentices will be part of a small cohort of other like-minded apprentices from local practices. Together apprentices thrive in their cohorts learning from each other and with peer support throughout the programme. Apprentices can choose to attend training sessions face-to-face or remotely, providing flexibility and a learning journey that works for your practice.

Training delivery for dental nursing apprentices

Starting in September, apprentices will have monthly tutoring sessions in their small cohort of like-minded dental nursing professionals. You and your apprentice can choose whether they attend the sessions in person at our Cheltenham campus or remotely. This flexible approach will ensure the training works for you and your team, without compromising the quality of our outstanding teaching. With regular in-person visits from their trainer and assessor, apprentices will receive one-to-one support in your practice to support their learning. We cover Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas so if you are looking for a reliable, quality apprenticeship training provider, get in touch with our team today.

"My favourite thing about the apprenticeship was meeting new people who were also doing the same apprenticeship as me. I also liked the ‘on the job’ learning and the help I received. I would recommend anybody doing an apprenticeship."
- Imogen Collins, Dental Nurse Apprentice at myFACE Dentistry and Facial Aesthetics

Costs and funding to recruit a dental nurse apprentice

Apprenticeship incentive payments

For every apprentice hired before 30 September 2021, your business can receive up to £4,000. No matter their age, whether they are a school leaver or a more mature individual changing career, your business will receive a minimum of £3,000 and this will increase to £4,000 if they are aged between 16-18-years-old. 

If you have been thinking of hiring a dental nursing apprentice for your business, there has never been a better time. The apprenticeship incentives payments have never been higher. Get in touch with our team today to recruit an apprentice this September. 

Using the Apprentice Levy and government funding

The apprenticeship training for your dental nursing apprentice will be completely free if your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16-18-year-old.

If you are not a levy payer (your wage bill is less than £3 million), you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your apprentice’s training and the government will pay the remaining 95%. 

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, as well as receiving up to £4,000 worth of incentive payments from the government, we can support you to maximise your levy strategy. You can use your levy funds to bring in new talent to the business or upskill employees through apprenticeships.

Dental nursing apprenticeship success story: Wentwood House Dental

Enquire about our Dental Nursing Apprenticeship today

Contact our knowledgeable team today via the form below to recruit a dental nursing apprentice or to find out more information about our programme.

Practices we are currently working with:

Plus many more!


Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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