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Dental Foundation Training National Recruitment Timeline For 2024/25 Training Year

Key dates for information 2024/25
Advert appears and applications open 08 August, 2023
Advert and applications close 14 September, 2023
Online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) 8 November - 16 November, 2023
Applicant Preferencing 11 April - 9 May 
Regions (HEIW) informed of offers 13 June, 2024
Local allocation process

19 - 21 June, 2024 - Allocated trainees to rank the practices in order of preference. 

25 June, 2024 - HEIW will allocate trainees to practices based on their National recruitment  rankings.

NWSSP onboarding 02  July, 2024
Dental Foundation Training Start Date 1 September, 2024

For any queries relating to Dental Foundation Training recruitment or applications please contact Applicant Support via Applicant Support Portal.


Application process

Application forms will be available on the national recruitment portal once applications open on 12 August 2022. Please note that the vacancies advertised may be subject to change prior to interview.


Before applying please ensure you read the Dental Foundation Training – National Applicant Guide 2019 and the Person Specification to assess your suitability. There are also guides available in the resource bank of the national recruitment portal to assist you with completing your application.

Late applications will not be considered.

View a DFT SJT Practice paper.

Information to support DFT National Recruitment Preferencing 

To support the preferencing process, we have attached the resources below to help you with your preferencing:

Scheme maps

Other resources

Hannah Crowe talks about her experience of Dental Foundation Training in Wales  

If you have any queries / questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

David Hannington -
Associate Dean for Dental Foundation Training (Wales)

Gabrielle Lloyd -
Dental Foundation Training Manager