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Dental Vocational Training

In Scotland, Dental Vocational Training, also known as Vocational Training (VT), operates under a separately organised scheme from that in the rest of the UK.

Please check the NES website regularly for information on recruitment arrangements for August 2022.


VT is organised and administered on a Scotland-wide basis by NHS Education Scotland (NES). Full details of the recruitment process, including application deadlines, are made available on the NES website prior to the launch of recruitment.


New or recent graduates from UK dental schools must complete a one-year programme of Dental Vocational Training in order to be eligible to hold a Health Board list number in Scotland. The list number allows dentists to work as Health Board contractors in NHS General Dental Practice.


In Scotland, new graduates on training programmes are known as Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs). Training is centred on approved training practices with a complementary educational support programme of normally 25 study days. Training practices are visited to ensure that high standards are maintained and a dentist in each training practice is identified as the trainer and employer of the VDP.



VT application process

In Scotland the following application process takes place each year. NHS Scotland also produce a useful guide.



Further information

You can find out more about the VT recruitment process, including example interview questions, CV guidance and advice from a trainer, in our First Job guide.


Our film 'interviewing for an associate job' includes some helpful, practical advice that can be applied to all job interviews.