City College Plymouth has announced it will be offering 18-month apprenticeships in dental nursing from September.
The programme will allows trainees to gain on-the-job training, underpinned by classroom-based learning at the college.
It says the programme can be used by practices to up-skill existing staff or alternatively, employers will be able to hire a new apprentice from a pool of selected candidates.
Among the local businesses already scheduled to take on an apprentice in September, is Plymouth-based T2 Dental, which is an existing member of the College's Employer Endorsement Scheme.
Its principal dentist Dr Alun Jones, said: "Dentistry requires a specialist skill set and education and continual professional development is key."
Sharron Robbie, head of corporate relations at the college, said: "We are experts in our field and our apprenticeship provision has recently been recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding.
"We are always looking at ways to innovate our offer for employers, by constantly up-dating and renewing the frameworks we provide.
"The Dental Nursing Apprenticeship is just one of these frameworks that we have recently introduced to meet the needs of local employers."
Employers who have not taken on an apprentice before, could access up to £1,500 in government funding to take on a new member of staff aged 16 to 24.