New course to combat shortfall in nurses

New course to combat shortfall in nurses

26 Jan 2011

Training provider, Training 2000, has teamed up with the Skills for Health Academy North West, in a bid to combat a shortfall in trained dental nurses in and around Preston. The new Dental Cadet programme aims to train people from the area who it is hoped will then find jobs in the same locality.  

Launching in March, the application process is now live. Training 2000’s team leader for dental, Gail Warburton, commented, “All dental nurses now have to be trained and registered with the General Dental Council, and Preston has been identified as having a shortage. This programme will help to develop a highly skilled local workforce, bringing the training to where it is needed. In the first year we will have a cohort of 15 Cadets who will be supported by both Training 2000 and the Skills for Health Academy to achieve their professional qualification.”

Cadets on the 12-month course will complete a six-week induction, then spend one day per week at Training 2000’s premises, and four days per week on placement at a local dental surgery.

Deborah Holden, Cadet Coordinator from the Skills for Health Academy says, “The great thing about this course is that there is no upper age limit, so we can work with successful applicants from age 16 upwards.
“We focus on enhancing the Cadets’ learning experiences, arrange and support all their work placements and help them to find a job once they are registered.”

To apply for the course, visit www.skillsacademyforhealth.org.uk, call 07920 500146 or apply through Connexions.