An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.
Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
Apprentices are employed and develop their occupational skills whilst working on their apprenticeship programme.
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 18 months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a C&G 4238-12 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing, workplace assessments and 4 external exams, Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in maths and English you will be required to attend college to complete this).). You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.
Arrangements for your off the job training
You will attend Tameside College for 1 day a month (for 8 months) for 7 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in the classroom covering topics that include H&S in the workplace and developing and maintaining working relationships.
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
● Health and safety
● Infection Control
● Communication (verbal and written)
● Team working
4 x GCSE grade 4. Maths and English at grade 3 or above
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves a Knowledge Test, an Observation of Practice and an Interview underpinned by a Portfolio. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor with an overall grading of Fail, Pass or Distinction
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Register with the General Dental Council
● Complete extended duty courses in : Clinical photography, impression taking, orthodontic nursing, implant dental nursing, fluoride varnish application and special care dental nursing plus many more
● Complete post qualifications in : Radiography, Sedation and/or Oral health educator
● Progress into university to study Orthodontic Therapy and/or Dental Hygiene/Therapy