Blackpool Dental Cadets Receive Qualifications

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A group of dental trainees had plenty to smile about after completing training and receiving their qualifications.

A group of young people joined the dental cadet scheme, which is run by the NHS in partnership with Training 2000 and aims to allow 16-18 year olds to gain qualifications to pursue a career in the dental industry. The course lasted 22 months and the youngsters have recently been presented with their qualification certificates.

Ten people passed their Level 2 NVQ, while eight others gained a Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

Louise Eadie, coordinator of the dental cadet course, sad that the scheme has been very popular with young people in Blackpool and Fylde and has attracted many youngsters, as well as support from a host of local dentists. Ms Eadie thanked all the participating practices for their support and the opportunities given to students.

The Student of the Year award was presented to Charlotte Lavender, who undertook training in community dental services and the Cadet Achievement Award was presented to Cherish Gillett.

Charlotte said that the course was a great experience and has given her a real insight into life at a dental practice; she is now looking forward to embarking on her career and said that the award was a “lovely bonus.”

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