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Work with technicians to design, make, modify and repair custom made dental devices

Many dental laboratories have opportunities for individuals who will assist, under supervision, in the manufacture of dental devices. The dental laboratory assistant apprenticeship is designed to be the initial stage, leading to the role of assistant and giving the opportunity for entry to higher qualifications. As a dental laboratory assistant, you’ll develop basic competency in core laboratory skills before focusing on specific areas of employment. This includes primary stages in the manufacture of a range of dental devices, and may extend to one part of the manufacturing process in a dental laboratory, which includes crowns, bridges, dentures or orthodontics appliances. On completion of this apprenticeship, you’ll be able to enter a higher apprenticeship. Completion of the higher apprenticeship will enable you to register with the General Dental Council as a qualified dental technician.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Four GCSEs, including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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