Job roles: Dental technician
Dental technicians design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances. Typically the work is undertaken in a laboratory on a prescription from a dentist, and can broadly be split into crown and bridge, dentures and orthodontics. Most labs specialise in one or two areas but as an apprentice, you will develop competency across all disciplines before choosing if/where to specialise once you are qualified.
Dental technicians tread a fine line between art and science; they manufacture precise, custom-made medical appliances but require the attention to detail, colour and manual dexterity that is expected of fine artists. They must be able to work with minimum super-vision and are responsible for the quality of their finished work before it is released to the dentist and patient.
Completion of this apprenticeship will lead to a Foundation degree qualification. You will also be eligible to register with the General Dental Council as a dental technician (www.gdc-uk.org).
The full apprenticeship standard is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-...
Qualification: Level 5 (Higher Apprenticeship)
Salary: Not available