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.
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.
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. At Smart Dental Academy the payment can be made in full or in 3 monthly instalments.
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.
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.
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.