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Dental vocational (foundation) training

Dental Vocational Training (DVT)

Trainee Recruitment

Dental Vocational Training (DVT), is organised and administered on a Scotland-wide basis by NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The main components of DVT include: a centralised recruitment process and a standardised training programme designed to help recently qualified dentists make the transition from undergraduate teaching to independent practice.

The DVT Curriculum Competency Framework is organised into four ‘Domains’ of competency, each of which contain a number of ‘Major Competency’ areas within which the individual competency statements are described. An overview of the Domains and Major Competencies within the DVT Competency Framework can be reviewed by clicking on the link below. 

VT Curriculum and Competencies Document (Reviewed 2022)

Vocational Training in Scotland 2024/25 - Webinar 

The Dental VT team at NES delivered a webinar for applicants to training year 2024/25 on the 19th September which will provide information on the recruitment process & training in Scotland. 

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

Trainee Recruitment 

Trainee applications for Training year 2024/2025 have now closed. 

Recruitment Timeline 

Recruitment Activity    


Oriel applications open   

13th September 2023 

Oriel applications close   

18th October 2023 

Application Outcomes released via Oriel 

By 1st December 2023 

Trainer Prospectus live on DTIS 

20th May 2024 

Visitation Open

20th May 2024  

Candidate preferencing available on Oriel  

27th May 2024  

Candidate Preferencing window closes   

3rd June 2024  

Matching Results Released via Oriel  

5th June 2024  

Clearing opens 

7th June 2024  

Programme commences   

1st August 2024 

*Please note all above dates are subject to change 

DVT Information Booklet 2024

DVT Person Specification 2024

NES 2023-2024 DVT Applicant Guide 

Please note, the below guidance is currently under review for 2024 recruitment and will be published shortly. Please use it as reference only. 

DVT Structured Reference Form 2023-2024 

PDS and GDP training information 

Trainee Guidance Visitation Period 2023 Recruitment posts commencing August 2023 **** 

Vocational Training Allowances are determined within the Statement of Dental Remuneration on the Scottish Dental website. Any details, including VT Salary information, can be found here Statement of Dental Remuneration | Scottish Dental

Becoming a Dental Vocational Trainer

Trainer Recruitment Timetable 

Recruitment Activity


Portal opens for all Trainer applications (10am) 

Monday, 16th October 2023 

Closing date for DVT New Trainer applications (Noon) 

Friday, 8th December 2023 

Closing date for DVT Existing Trainer applications (Noon) 

Monday, 29th January 2024 

DVT Trainer Screening & Reviews  

Jan - March 2024  

DVT Trainer Review Outcomes issued to Trainers  

Early April 2024 

Access to DTIS and completion of practice prospectus

Wednesday, 17th April 2024

Deadline for submission of practice prospectus

Wednesday, 8th May 2024

DVT Visitation Period Starts 


Monday, 20th May 2024  

DVT Preference List opens

Monday, 27th May 2024

DVT Preference List deadline  

Monday, 3rd June 2024 

DVT Matching Results released   

Wednesday, 5th June 2024 

DVT Clearing Opens (direct appointments) 

Friday, 7th June 2024 by 5pm 

New trainees commence Training Programme

Thursday, 1st August 2024  


Trainer applications for Training year 2024/2025 have now closed. 


For information on Trainer Recruitment please see documents below: 

VT Trainer Advert for Training Year 2024/25

Criteria for Trainers

Becoming a Vocational Trainer Booklet

Becoming a Vocational Trainer FAQs

If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact the Trainee Service team using the contact link below:   


A webinar for prospective took place on Tuesday, 14th November 2023 for new trainer applicants.

You will find a recording of this presentation here  

Alternatively, if you would prefer to hear more about VT in person, there will be information evenings held as follows:

Glasgow Dental Education Centre on Tuesday 21st November at 7pm
Edinburgh Dental Education Centre on Wednesday 22nd November at 6pm
To register your interest in these events, please contact

Contact us

Recruitment Enquiries

If you have any feedback, comments, concerns or complaints regarding the Dental Recruitment process, please contact us by going to the Service Desk here and submitting a support request.

Training Specific Enquiries

In relation to training specific enquiries please contact the VT Hub at

Last updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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