Addiction Worker Training Programme

  • Posted on: 20/03/2019

Dumfries and Galloway is to host a local pilot of an award-winning training and employment project for people who have a history of substance use issues.

The Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), run by Scottish Drugs Forum, supports, trains and prepares people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to work in the social care field.

Over a period of nine months, AWTP trainees will be supported to achieve a recognised qualification in Health and Social Care while working in placements in local services.

Many of the trainees accepted onto the course will have experienced multiple barriers to employment – a lack of qualifications, limited work experience, historic criminal convictions or simply low self-esteem and a lack of confidence in their own abilities.

As well as developing skills and confidence, the trainees also receive an intensive package of personalised support and a weekly wage.

Since 2004, out of the 249 people who have started on the course, over 90% have completed, with over 85% securing further meaningful employment, the majority to full time jobs in the health and social care field.

Although the AWTP has been running in areas in the East and West of Scotland for the last 15 years, this is the first time that the programme has expanded to provide opportunities to people in Dumfries and Galloway.

In order to develop the project in the area, SDF are looking to recruit a Coordination and Development Officer whose role it will be to support trainees throughout the course of the pilot.

Applications are currently being taken and more details can be found on SDF’s website –

Recruitment for the AWTP trainees will begin in August, however people who are potentially interested are encouraged to contact Scottish Drugs Forum on 0141 221 1175 or email to register their details.

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