Teenagers being careers in dentistry thanks to apprenticeship programme

Photo: Pictured from left are dental staff Rebecca Thomas, Elizabeth Pereira, David Lamb, Natalie Brien and Naomi Niedenthal.
Photo: Pictured from left are dental staff Rebecca Thomas, Elizabeth Pereira, David Lamb, Natalie Brien and Naomi Niedenthal.
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Three young women are embarking on careers in dentistry, thanks to an apprenticeship programme.

 Natalie Brien, 22, from Durham, and 18-year-old Elizabeth Jayne Pereira have just started work as apprentice dental nurses at Kingsgate Dental in Durham City.

 The pair follow in the footsteps of Naomi Niedenthal, 19, from Chester-le-Street, who joined the practice as an apprentice last year and will become a permanent member of staff once she qualifies.

 The placements have been made possible thanks to Durham County Council’s apprenticeship programme.

 Natalie’s apprenticeship came about thanks to Section 106 money from the recently-approved student accommodation at Magdalene Heights in Durham.

 Elizabeth’s position was created through the council’s employability team in partnership with Stanley Area Action Partnership. Owner David Lamb said: “The apprenticeship programme has worked very well for 
us.

 “Naomi has been an excellent addition to the team and we have found that having her has helped to reinforce the skills and knowledge of the existing team members as everyone works together to support the development of the apprentice.

 “This year we have been able to take on two new apprentices and the other senior team members and I have found it very satisfying to help these young people take their first steps into dentistry.

 Coun Neil Foster, from, Durham County Council, said: “It is really pleasing that we have been able to help these apprentices launch their careers in dentistry and gain valuable hands-on work experience. We wish all three every success.”

in their futures.”