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Become a Trainee

Trainees must be at least two years free from illicit drug use, substitute prescribing and problematic alcohol use to apply to join the course.

Scottish Drugs Forum currently recruits AWTP trainees once per year only and this will be publicised when appropriate.  The number of places available each year is dependent on the availability of funding.

Applications are currently normally restricted to people living in the East and West of Scotland, due to funding constraints.

Please click here for Glasgow and, click here for East of Scotland details of typical eligibility criteria, although please note this may change from year to year.

Competition for places on AWTP is high and many more applications are received each year than there are places.

Scottish Drugs Forum recommends that people thinking about applying to become an AWTP – or are thinking of re-applying for the course – should look at beginning or continuing voluntary work in a social care setting prior to application.

This will help them gain valuable experience and help demonstrate they are ready and able to cope with the pressures of classroom-based study and working in a social care environment.

If you want more information on becoming an AWTP trainee contact

Vacancies for AWTP are usually advertised around October/November each year, please check here for current vacancies.


Become a Placement Provider

Placement providers are vital to the ongoing success of the AWTP.

If you are interested in providing a placement opportunity for a Trainee Addiction Worker, please contact Lynne Macdonald –, Lisa Bradley –, or Lewis Boddy –, our AWTP Coordinators, for more information.


Setting up AWTP in your area

Please contact Colin Pomeroy, Senior Development Officer, Scottish Drugs Forum