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Smiles as Dental Nursing Apprentice is nominated for top award

Dental Nursing Level 3 Apprentice Niamh McHenry, pictured with Dr Jamie Pirie of Braid Dental in Ballymena. (Picture Martin McKeown).

A dental nursing Apprentice from North West Regional College has been nominated for NI Apprenticeship award. Niamh McHenry (19), who is employed at Braid Dental in Ballymena, took the Apprenticeship career path with a C&G Level 3 Apprenticeship at NWRC. The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2021 will be hosted in a special ‘virtual’ awards ceremony on Wednesday 28 April 2021 – one of the highlight events during Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2021, which will run from 26 to 30 April 2021.

NWRC is currently recruiting students for a new Dental Nursing Apprenticeship course due to start in April 2021.

Niamh McHenry said: “I feel so privileged to be picked for the NI Apprenticeship awards as I’m only in my first year of the course, but it is reassuring to know I have made a positive start to my career as a dental nurse. It is a real confidence boost.

“I’ve been extremely lucky to have found employment with Braid Dental, giving me real guidance with my studies, and a great introduction to dental nursing. From my first year on this course, I would definitely recommend dental nursing at NWRC. My tutor and the coordination staff have been extremely helpful, ensuring all my learning needs were attended to.” Dr. Jamie Pirie, Niamh’s employer said:

“We nominated Niamh McHenry for this award because of her determined work ethic and her commitment to her dental nursing studies. It hasn’t been an easy time because of the Covid-19 restrictions, but Niamh has hit the ground running since she first joined us in 2020. “She’s a talented and dedicated student nurse who we are delighted to mentor as she continues with her studies.” Kim Boyle, Curriculum Manager in Health and Social Care Studies at NWRC said:

The dental industry has expanded in recent years growing more opportunities for dental nursing, with lots of opportunities for continued training and development. Post registration nurses can specialize in hygiene, oral health, management or education.”

If you are a dentist who can help provide training and support for a NI Dental Nursing Apprentice, please contact Kim Boyle on


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