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Trainees Addiction / Recovery Worker Training Programme

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Argyll and Bute, Borders, Glasgow, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Highland, Inverclyde, Fife, & North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 7th January 2024

  • Advertised from 13th December 2023
  • £12,192 over the 39 week duration of the course


The number of places we can offer and the geography this programme will be available in, is entirely dependent on funding.

Applications are being accepted Scotland wide, but are particularly welcome from people living in the following areas where the project has previously been or is currently being funded:

Argyll and Bute, Borders, Glasgow, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Highland, Inverclyde, Fife, & North Lanarkshire

Do you have lived/living experience of drug and / or alcohol problems?

Are you at the stage in your life where you are ready for employment in the drug and alcohol field?

At SDF, we support, train, and prepare people with personal lived and living experience of their own substance use, to enter the drug, alcohol, and wider social care workforce.

We do this by supporting you through an intensive programme of formal learning and paid work placements.

At SDF, we believe your experience of drug and / or alcohol problems is a strength and the perspective you will offer as a trainee will be valued.

We will provide:

· access to a programme of quality assured training from our specialist workforce development teams.

· a fully funded SVQ level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare with our SQA Learning Centre.

· intensive support, this extends to IT and includes a device to use, we will also provide access to a confidential Employee Assistance programme

We will also provide a salary: £12,192 over the 39 week duration of the course

As a Trainee with SDF, you will learn how to support people who are currently experiencing drug and alcohol problems. You will be supported to use your own experience alongside professional training during a nine-month paid work placement in one of our local partner agencies.

The qualification we will support you to achieve is the industry standard for working in the drug, alcohol and wider health and social care field, and will open up long term employment opportunities for you.

You will also connect with and become part of a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you. Alongside your Co-ordinator, they will support you every step of the way.

We offer a monthly salary and a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. You will be offered paid study time in these hours, to support you to complete your SVQ.

If you are interested in developing a career in the drug, alcohol, and wider social care field, you have personal lived or living experience of your own substance use, and you feel ready for employment, we would love to hear from you.

Please come along to one of our online information sessions which will be held on the following dates:

- 10th November 1-3pm (Online via Zoom)

- 14th November 10.30-12.30pm (Glasgow – venue TBC)

- 20th November 10.30-12.30pm (Edinburgh – venue TBC)

- 29th November 10.30-12.30 (Online via Zoom)

These sessions will allow you to get answers to any questions you may have around the programme and will be an opportunity for you to meet the Project Support Team prior to applying.

Please email to register your interest in attending one of the sessions.

If you cannot attend the information sessions and want an informal chat about the project, please contact 0141 221 1175 and we will arrange for a member of our team to call you back.

Application notes

For Further information and an application form visit our website:

Closing date: Sunday 7th January 2024

SDF is a registered charity No. SCO008075