AWTP: Changing People's Lives

"Going sober has changed my values but working in AWTP has given me a life, a life that I haven't experienced."

Project Success
What AWTP Did For Me

AWTP Video (YouTube 11 mins)


Project Success

Scottish Drugs Forum’s Addiction Worker Training Project has enjoyed significant success since it was launched in 2004.

To Date - 90.5% of trainees have completed the project and of the 90.5%, 87.8% have moved into employment.

Over 90% of trainees have completed the project with over 85% moving into employment.





















































"The management and staff here at Addaction North Glasgow place a high value on our involvement with the AWTP and we have benefitted from every trainee who has been here”   John Polding, Service Manager, Addaction North Glasgow.    

“Working with AWTP trainees is excellent. Staff can build up their own mentoring skills, trainee involvement keeps focus on professional and care standards - and they are a valuable additional source of help for our team and, therefore, service users ”    AnnMarie Galbraith, Team Leader, SAMH Connect.

“As an SVQ assessor and mentor for the past three years, my experience of AWTP has been extremely positive and all my previous placements have found employment”     Lisa McLellan, New Horizon, Glasgow.

“AWTP trainees provide an inspirational role to service users, showing them what can be achieved if they persevere in recovery, which is particularly helpful for those struggling to engage”  Vic Walker, Service Manager, CrossReach, Rainbow House Glasgow.

What AWTP Did For Me

Charmaine Hogg, Support Worker, Crossreach:
AWTP: 2008-09
How has life changed since you completed AWTP?
I’ve been able to gain a full time job; to save up enough money to go abroad on holiday with my family for the first time and I’ve met my partner through my work – we plan to get married next year.

What do you think is needed to help people in recovery into employment?
I think that there should be more courses like the Addiction Worker Training Project, as it gives you a chance without being judged for your past addictions.
What would you say to anyone considering the AWTP as a possible route in to employment?
Definitely apply for it, it’s the best thing I could have done. AWTP gives you the chance to study – this isn’t too difficult as it’s based more on your practical experience, and you get supported if you have literacy problems. This made a huge difference to a lot of people on my course.

Pia Adams, Support Worker, Crossreach:
AWTP: 2009-10
Tell us about life since completing AWTP....
Life is definitely better, 100% better. A world has opened up for me to help others in recovery.  Nowadays I look forward to coming to work – this is a job I love and am passionate about.

What do you think is needed to help people in recovery into employment?
Just because you have a past history of addiction doesn’t make you a bad person. There are unfortunately so many barriers to employment if you do have a past history of addiction. Having a criminal record, for example, can bring with it a stigma – I think that more understanding and education around addiction would help.

What would you say to anyone considering the AWTP as a possible route in to employment?
Take the chance, have faith in yourself, and go for it. You will have an absolutely fantastic  experience. The course will give you knowledge and insight, and help you overcome whatever barriers you have. Go for it!

Garry Greene, Assertive Outreach Worker, SAMH:
AWTP: 2010-11

What would you say to anyone considering the AWTP as a possible route in to employment?

I would encourage anyone to take part in the AWTP project. The skills a person will pick up
during the year as well as an SVQ qualification are second to none. You’ll become a better
communicator, holding your own in professional discussions, advocating for the client you once were. This course gives an overwhelming sense of achievement as well as making you feel that you’re making an honest, positive contribution to society.

What do you think is needed to help people in recovery into employment?
Voluntary services could invest more in former service users to allow them to become care
workers. Something which has a reward system in place similar to AWTP – something which offers a full time working wage. An added benefit could be a qualification that may lead to further full time employment. This empowers the individual with hope and with the prospect of a future career.

Darren Preston, Project Worker. The Mungo Foundation
AWTP: 2011-12

You were in recovery when you started AWTP, has life changed since you completed it?

In many ways. My self-esteem and confidence have risen. I have a positive outlook on life and believe I can achieve anything that I apply myself to. I feel that my own recovery has become stronger as a result of these changes in my life.

What’s needed to help people in recovery into employment?
There should be more opportunities for recovering addicts to have access to more
training facilities to gain new skills. I would also like to see recovery agencies assisting
employment agencies with a basic understanding about addiction.

What’s your advice to people thinking about AWTP as a possible route into employment?
I would say go for it – AWTP is a fantastic opportunity. I could give them my own experience of going through AWTP and how it has helped me to develop a career within the social care sector.

George Thomson, Support Worker, SAMH
AWTP: 2012-13

How has life changed for you since you graduated from the project?

Knowing I have a career ahead of me has given me a sense of security that I have never
experienced before – after graduating I was very fortunate to be offered three full time positions.

AWTP training and placement experience has enabled me to go to work with a sense of
purpose, believing in myself and my abilities to provide high quality professional care to service users. 

What would you say to anyone considering AWTP?
Working in the care field is not suitable for everyone. The 12 month contract was an ideal
opportunity for me to establish if I had the correct values, skills and abilities to care for
others, as well as giving me the opportunity to grow in my own recovery. Ultimately AWTP has provided me with the confidence and self belief to be a success in any employment path that I choose and provided me with the foundations of a wonderful career. The sky’s the limit. 

Carla Pegues Trainee Addiction Worker, Scottish Drugs Forum
AWTP: 2013/14

You were in recovery when you started AWTP – how is life?

My outlook is certainly brighter in terms of employment. I feel much more worthwhile because I am employable; my son looks at me with more respect and admiration now that I am going out to work. The dynamics of the relationship have changed for the better.  My older kids are more relaxed as I am not sitting with too much time on my hands. They are now proud of me, which is an amazing feeling.

What is needed to help people in recovery into employment?
Can’t emphasis any more – more of the AWTP programme. I know how hard it would be to
go to the job centre and get a job with my track record. The programme supports you
into employment, which has been a great help as I hadn’t worked in 17 years before joining
the East of Scotland course. It is probably the best thing you could do for yourself in terms of employment. 

Hear what former trainees, a placement provider and Big Lottery Scotland say about the value of AWTP in our YouTube video.

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