Apprentice Niamh’s all smiles over nomination for NI Awards

A 19 year-old Dental Nursing student, currently working with a dental surgery in Ballymena, has been nominated for a NI Apprenticeship award.

Niamh McHenry, who is studying for the C&G Level 3 Apprenticeship at North West Regional College, was put forward for the award by her employer, Dr. Jamie Pirie, of Braid Dental in Ballymena

The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2021 will be hosted in a special ‘virtual’ awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 28 – one of the highlight events during NI Apprenticeship Week 2021, which will run from April 26-30.

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NWRC is currently recruiting students for a new Dental Nursing Apprenticeship course due to start in April 2021. Niamh says the first year of her course has been fantastic and she’s encouraging others to consider dental nursing as a career path. She said: “I feel so privileged to be picked for the NI Apprenticeship awards as I’m only in my first

Dental Nursing Level 3 Apprentice Niamh McHenry pictured with Dr. Jamie Pirie of Braid Dental. (Pic Martin McKeown)

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.”

Dr. Jamie Pirie said: “We nominated Niamh 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.”