Dentists praised for getting their teeth into apprenticeships

Award-winning duo Michael and Margaret Naylor, who run Dinnington Dental Practice.
Award-winning duo Michael and Margaret Naylor, who run Dinnington Dental Practice.

A couple who run a dental practice at Dinnington have been recognised at an awards ceremony for their commitment to providing apprenticeships within their business.

Michael and Margaret Naylor and Associates, who have been taking on young trainees for almost 20 years, were highly commended at the final of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The pair, who run Dinnington Dental Practice on New Street, as well as another practice at High Green, Sheffield, have a total workforce of 37 employees, who currently include nine apprentices.

Principal dentist Margaret said: “We find that taking on apprentices who are prepared to work hard, alongside studying for a qualification, helps create a motivated and enthusiastic workforce. The recruitment of apprentices is integral to the policy of providing a first-class service to our patients.

“Working in an area where most jobs are in the manual or service industries, the apprenticeships we offer can provide a tremendous opportunity and the first step on the career ladder.”

Proof that the practice’s policy works is reflected in the fact that more than 90% of its full-time staff have progressed into their current roles after an apprenticeship.

THE dental business run by Michael and Margaret Naylor and Associates qualified for the national final of the apprenticeship awards after being named Yorkshire and the Humber medium-sized employer of the year.

The couple began many years ago by offering an advanced apprenticeship in dental nursing, but have recently expanded their programme to include business administration and customer service.

The awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent and reward apprentices who have made significant contributions.