Posts and preferencing Dental Foundation Training (DFT) applicant guide

During preferencing you will be able to rank the posts you are interested in.

Expressing preferences

You will express your preferences via the Oriel recruitment system. This will be done after your application has been submitted.

Scheme information will be made available in the spring of 2023. The exact date is yet to be confirmed. You are advised to look at this information carefully in order to inform decisions on preferencing.

If you are eligible, you will be sent an email to your registered email account with full instructions on how to complete preferencing including use of Oriel.

Please ensure that you have read through and understood the COPDEND guidance on education and training with close family members.

Important: Preferences acceptance

Preferences will only be accepted when submitted via Oriel. They will not be taken into account expressed in any other way. No preferences will be accepted after the advertised date - 19 May 2023.

This will involve logging into Oriel and saving preferences by the preference window end date - 19 May 2023. Once the preferencing window closes, you cannot make any changes until after the first iteration of offers have been sent.

After the first iteration of offers, you will be able to amend your preferences up until the upgrade deadline date – 19 June 2023, 3pm.

Please note the email regarding preferencing may come from [email protected]. Please ensure your email settings regarding SPAM allow emails to be received from [email protected]. Any emails from this address are authentic.

Upgrading of posts is only available until before the upgrade deadline - 19 June 2023, 3pm. After this date, no further upgrades will be offered.

Deferred entry

Deferment can only be considered on statutory grounds such as maternity, paternity or adoption leave or ill health. Please ensure you inform the DFT National Recruitment Office of your intention to defer as soon as it is known, after you have accepted a placement on a training scheme, via the Applicant Support Portal.

Page last reviewed: 26 October 2022