Kate, from Rawtenstall, started her career as a Dental Nurse after deciding that sixth form wasn’t for her. Soon after securing a job with Wellgate Dental Practice in Clitheroe Kate embarked on an Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing with Training 2000.
Since then, Kate has completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing, a BSc in Oral Health Science and will next year commence on a five-year British Dental Surgeon (BDS) programme which, when qualified, will enable her to practise as a dentist.
Hygiene therapist Kate commented: “When I started at the dental practice, one of my colleagues was completing an Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing with Training 2000 and they were so enthusiastic about it, I decided to pursue the same pathway into dental nursing. What I liked about the course is that I was able to work and learn at the same time, so I didn’t have to make a choice between the two”.
“One day a week I would attend sessions at Training 2000 and then bring what I had learned back into the practice to get some hands-on experience which meant I was continuously learning and developing. I began assisting more regularly with the hygienist and decided that it was definitely the career for me. I went straight on to an Advanced Apprenticeship and when I finished I had the equivalent of two A-Levels, which helped to boost my university application.”
Gail Warburton, Dental Team Leader at Training 2000 added: “Kate is determined to succeed in her career and is a shining example of how far you can go with an Apprenticeship. She has been a dedicated apprentice and I am sure that she will apply the same commitment to university. She has already achieved so much and we wish her the very best for the future.”
Kate concluded: “Eventually I want to have my own dental practice and I am thrilled that my Apprenticeships have enabled me to build the vital skills required in dentistry. The knowledge and qualifications I have acquired are for life and I am very thankful to my colleagues and the team at Training 2000 for believing in me and opening my eyes to how far I can go.”
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