‘Life changing’ project seeks trainees

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An award-winning training and employment project for people who have a history of drug or alcohol problems is looking for people in the Highlands to take part.

The project is based on Scottish Drugs Forum’s award-winning addiction worker training project with the learning aspects of the course primarily delivered remotely by computer, allowing people who live in rural areas to take part.

The recovery worker training project (RWTP), run by SDF, supports, trains and prepares people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to work in the social care field.

If successful with their application, RWTP prepares participants for employment through formal learning and work placements over a 39-week period – whilst paying them to take part.

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

The addiction worker training programme has been running since 2004 and more than 300 opportunities have been created across 15 areas of Scotland.

More than 90per cent have completed it, with 85 per cent securing further employment, the majority to full time jobs in the health and social care field.

One former AWTP trainee said: ‘I finally feel that I am now where I’m supposed to be.

‘I feel like I am now more productive and working to provide for my children. The Addiction Worker Training Programme changed my life.’

SDF will be hosting an online open day, for all potential applicants, employment support providers and funders on April 13 at 11.00am-12.00pm via Zoom.

Colin Pomeroy, SDF’s senior development officer for RWTP, said: ‘Anyone who may be eligible or interested in the programme is encouraged to attend our information day on April 11 where aspects of the project will be discussed in depth.’

Applications are currently being taken until April 16. More details, including an application pack, can be found on SDF’s website – www.sdf.org.uk/jobs

To register an interest and to be sent details on how to join, email recruitment@sdf.org.uk.