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New dental nursing apprenticeship at NWRC is something to smile about

22 February 2022
Dental nurse pictured in dental surgery wearing a mask and holding on to the dental chair

North West Regional College (NWRC) is recruiting students for a new Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing, and is calling on local dental practices to partner with them to provide employment for the trainees during the course.

Last year NWRC’s Health and Care department piloted a successful dental nursing apprenticeship, and they are back this year with a new and more extensive C &G Level 3 specification Diploma in Dental Nursing.

NWRC has now opened two unique state-of-the-art dental suites at their campuses in Limavady and Strabane, providing dental nursing students with the industry-standard facilities needed to complete their training.

Kim Boyle, NWRC Curriculum Manager for Health, said the apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial opportunity for students with an interest in dentistry to train in the field, as well as allowing local dental practices to be part of training the next generation of dental health professionals.

She added: “What’s really unique about this course is that for the first time we’re running the majority of theory element of the course online, combined with a number of days at the college’s new state of the art dental suites when students will be taught practical subjects onsite.

“The rest of the time students will be working with employers assisting in all aspects of patient care, learning technical skills and knowledge to equip them to assist in dental procedures such as general check-ups and specialist treatments.

“The apprenticeship will be of interest to students from both inside and outside our normal geographical catchment area as they will not have to factor in regular transport to the college for lectures.

“Last year we had a number of local dental surgeries partner with us to provide employment for apprentices and we’re hoping to expand this even more. Financial incentives are available from the Department for the Economy and employers are eligible for up to £3000 for each apprenticeship opportunity created until 31st March 2022.”

Applications close on March 7. To apply to go:

Dentists who wish to find out more information about the Dental Nursing Apprenticeship or students wishing to apply can email or ring 07909233540

<p>The new state of the art dental surgery at NWRC Limavady. </p>

The new state of the art dental surgery at NWRC Limavady.

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