Apprenticeship Employers - Advanced Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

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Date - 24-08-2023 - Manchestar

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The aim of the academy is to deliver the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification to the highest standard possible. We offer support and guidance throughout the apprentice’s journey. We aim to provide them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to excel in their chosen career in dentistry.

The academy has gained the respect and trust of the practices that use our services, with many practices returning to us when the need to recruit a new apprentice arises.

The national average of apprentices completing the Diploma in Dental Nursing is 75%.

Smart Dental Academy completion is a very impressive 93%. We have achieved this through sheer hard work, dedication and determination. Our aim is for Smart Dental Academy to become a market leader.

Why choose Smart Dental Academy?

The academy staff will take the time and effort to find the most suitable apprentice to meet the needs of your practice. This saves you time and money in the recruitment process. All candidates complete a rigorous 3 stage interview process, to gain a position with the academy. Once they have secured a placement in a dental practice they will receive a full induction. All our tutors are highly trained, qualified and passionate about teaching, with combined experience of over 80 years.

Apprenticeship Reform (2017)

From May 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) require employers to co-invest in their learners apprenticeships. The ESFA contribute 95% of the overall funding, leaving the employer with a contribution of just 5%.

From 1st April 2019, the employer 5% contribution equates to just £300 +VAT.

Employers can choose to pay the National Apprenticeship Wage, for the first 12 months which makes the cost of funding an apprentices wage manageable. Having said that we would always recommend taking in to account the apprentices’ personal circumstances when agreeing their wage. From 12 months, the National Minimum Wage, appropriate for their age, applies for the remainder of their apprenticeship.

The employer and learner are liable for both the DBS check and Hepatitis B vaccinations.

What is required from you as an employer?

An apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week, to enable them to complete the course in a timely manner (18 months).

Each learner will require a ‘designated mentor’ this could be a dentist or nurse, someone with the required qualifications to offer help, support and guidance where necessary. The learners will require 20% of their working week for “off the job” training. This is achieved through the initial time with their mentor and time spend at college. With the remaining percentage of time, taken during the rest of the working week enabling flexibility for the practice to cope with the demands of a normal working week.

The tutor/assessor will visit the learner in practice, every 8-10 weeks to complete progress reviews, one to one sessions and workplace observations, these are carried out discretely, to ensure minimal disruption to the practice and are to ensure that the highest standard of nursing is maintained.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment of the Dental Nurse apprenticeship is part of the qualification. The candidate cannot achieve the qualification without being successful in the End Point Assessment, which consists of the following:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Observation of Practice followed by Question and Answer
  • Interview – underpinned by a portfolio

The portfolio submitted at Gateway, which will underpin the interview, may contain evidence taken from the on-programme portfolio as long as the evidence meets the specific requirements detailed in the End Point Assessment pack.

The assessment will be carried out by City & Guilds, an independent registered end-point assessment organisation.

The focus of the end-point assessment is for the candidate to fully demonstrate the values, knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the apprenticeship standard and to be able to demonstrate this level of professional competence in authentic workplace contexts.

The end assessment is a formal summative assessment that concludes the apprenticeship programme and is assessed in a number of ways to provide a clear indication of the candidate’s knowledge and skills.

Cancellation Notice period and fees payable

4.1. Subject to clause 4.2 below, where we have accepted / confirmed the Services purchased by you and formed a legally binding agreement with you, then you are permitted within 14 working days starting on the day after the date we have concluded our agreement, to cancel your purchase of the Services. Where the cancellation is made within 14 days of the proposed training, clause 4.4 will apply.  

4.2. If you have purchased an Online Course and have already accessed, downloaded all or part of the Online Course and/or started to use that Online Course then you shall have no right to cancel your order at any time i.e. clause 4.1 shall not apply.

4.3. In the event of a cancellation 14 days' notice must be given (wherever possible) in this case a full refund will be given.

4.4. In the event of a cancellation where less than 14 days, but more than 7 days' notice is given, 50% of the course fee will be refunded.

4.5. Where less than 72 hours' notice is given, payments are non-refundable, although we may offer an alternative course date.

4.6. For non-attendance due to sickness, an alternative date may will be offered on a subsequent course.

4.7. Where a course is booked that requires attendance on more than one day, delegates are required to attend all sessions. No reductions of refunds will be made, where a delegate fails to attend or wishes to cancel any number of days.

4.8. In the case of Redbridge Associate Ltd or Dental World One Ltd, where an agreement is in place for private course fees to be deducted from salary payments, you will remain liable for the deduction under clause 9.5.  

4.9. We reserve the right to cancel the course at short notice, should unforeseen circumstances occur, where a course is re-scheduled, an alternative date will be arranged, if the course is cancelled a full refund will be given.

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