Studied: Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprentice
Progression: Practice Manager at Barnt Green Dental Centre and Alvechurch Dental Practice
Beth Williams has always been ambitious. So when she became frustrated by the lack of career progression opportunities open to her as a cabin crew member, she decided to follow a different path. Four years later, she is a practice manager for Barnt Green Dental Centre and Alvechurch Dental Practice. She gained this position after training as a dental nurse apprentice.
Her busy role includes keeping an eye on the practices’ new trainees, helping colleagues familiarise themselves with a new computer system and ensuring all paperwork is complete and up to date. On top of all this, Beth is about to start a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) with Walsall College.
“People told me how impressed they are at how quickly I’ve progressed in the industry,” said Beth. “I’m proud of myself too.
“I felt enthusiastic throughout my Apprenticeship. It was a testament to how well I was doing at my job. I found it rewarding to hear a patient say how happy they were with the treatment and service they received.
“Not only is it nice to hear positive feedback, it’s also good to know that this is something I’ve helped to make happen.”
Following her apprenticeship, Beth decided against studying dental hygiene at university, as this would have meant giving up her job in order to study full-time. On speaking to Walsall College about recruiting new dental nurse apprentices at the practice, they suggested she take her professional development in an alternative direction.
“The CMDA is a brilliant way for me to develop as a manager and demonstrate the impact of all the things I’ll be doing to move the practices forward,” continued Beth.
“I have a vision of how I see the practices evolving. We’re pushing to become private. Before that happens, we’ve got to make sure all relevant protocols are in place, policies are up to date and that all audits are complete. There’s a lot to do but I’m as ambitious as I’ve always been.”
Beth added: “I’m looking forward to taking on these new challenges, including returning to college. I’ve always found my lessons interesting and the tutors are great. The structure of the Apprenticeship was good too – a combination of coursework and exams.”
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