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Why dental nursing apprenticeships are beneficial for young people
Working as an apprentice within a dental practice is a great way to gain industry-specific knowledge and experience real-life medical scenarios. It also affords you the opportunity to widen your general skillset due to the many transferable skills you will subsequently develop through your training that you may not experience through secondary or further education.
For young people and school leavers specifically, there are many reasons why an apprenticeship may be a more accessible route into entering the dental industry as opposed to attending college or university. Whilst an apprenticeship can improve your future employability, we’ve also compiled four other key reasons why you a dental nursing apprenticeship might be right for you.
- Firstly, many school leavers aged between 16-18 may not have had the means or opportunity to pursue work experience within a professional medical practice. Completing a dental nursing apprenticeship enables you to build a strong foundation of scientific and medical knowledge by completing a Level 3 qualification in dental nursing. You will also be fully supported and supervised by industry professionals, which builds confidence and actively reinforces your theoretical study.
- As well as gaining invaluable medical knowledge and experience, you will also have the opportunity with many placements to complete English and maths functional skills to complement your dental qualifications and widen your broader skillset and employability. Equally, assisting with patients and receiving mentorship from professional staff will benefit your communication and interpersonal skills.
- Compared to A Level or University students, you will simultaneously gain practical experience, theoretical education and a paid wage through an apprenticeship scheme. In an increasingly competitive job market, having a balance of experience and qualifications is essential in order for your CV to stand out when applying for future jobs. Also, in order to complete a Level 3 qualification, you only need to have at least A*-C/9-4 grades in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent).
- An apprenticeship is also a great way to naturally progress within the field of dental nursing. With many employers, after the successful completion of an apprenticeship (which usually spans 18 months) there is the opportunity to work full-time within their practice and increase your earnings. Alternatively, later in your career, there may also be opportunity to complete a Level 4 qualification in Dental Practice Management which furthers improves your future employability and professional skills.
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