STUDENTS will be champing at the bit to start a new course.
New College Durham has launched the course which will help students take their first steps towards a career in the dental industry.
The new Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship will start in September and combines real workplace learning with classroom study – and places are available.
After spending one day a week at New College Durham, the apprentices will spend the rest of the week in the workplace getting hands-on experience.
As well as being able to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification, endorsed by City and Guilds, the apprentices are paid a wage so they can earn and learn at the same time.
Claire Kelly, curriculum manager at New College Durham, said: “We are delighted to be offering this new dental nurse programme. A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patient care and is a vital member of the team.
“It has become a very popular career choice and this new programme is a fantastic opportunity to for those who wish to pursue a career in this sector.”
Two practices, Durham City Smiles and Framwellgate Dental Surgery, are already on board with the scheme, and nurses who are already employed there are keen to start their training.
Claire added: “We are looking for more dental practices to work in partnership with us, in addition to those interested in embarking on a career as a dental nurse, and those already working as a dental nurse who are not yet qualified.”
The college is investing in converting a classroom into a purpose built dental surgery training room over the summer so that apprentices can train in a realistic working environment.
For more details about the course, or anyone interested in taking on an apprentice, should contact Claire Kelly on 0191 375 4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.