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Dental vocational (foundation) training

Dental Vocational Training (DVT)

Trainee Recruitment

Dental Vocational Training  (DVT), also known as Vocational Training (VT), 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

Recruitment to Training Year 2023/24 commences in September 2022. Applications open on Oriel on 14th September 2022 and close on 12th October 2022. To apply, please click here.

Recruitment timeline for DVT trainees is available here. 

For further information please refer to the following documents for posts commencing August 2023:

DVT Information Booklet 

DVT Person Specification 

NES 2023-2024 DVT Applicant Guide 

DVT Structured Reference Form 2023-2024 

PDS and GDP training information 

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

Visitation and Recruitment Webinar

The dental team will hold an informative VT visitation and recruitment webinar on 04/04/2023 at 6.30 pm.

The joining link you will find here 

Trainer Prospectuses

Information on Trainer prospectuses and visitation will be published next year.  

Therapist Vocational Training (TVT)

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) will not be offering Dental Therapy training for 2023/24.


Becoming a Dental Vocational Trainer

Applications open at 12pm on Monday 7th November 2022 and will close for NEW applications at 12pm on Monday 12th December and for returning applications at 12pm on Wednesday 25th January 2023. For further information please refer to the following documents:


VT Trainer Advert

Criteria for Trainers

Becoming a Vocational Trainer Booklet

Becoming a Vocational Trainer FAQs

Trainer Timetable


A webinar for prospective new trainers took place on Monday 21/11/2022 at 7pm

To watch the webinar, click here


If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact the Trainee Services team:  


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

Vocational Training in Scotland 2023/24 - Webinar

A Webinar about the DVT Recruitment was held on 20th September 2022 at 7 pm. 

The recording of the webinar is available here

Last updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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