National Traineeship

National Traineeship

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

If you would like to register your interest for 2025 please complete this form.

About the Project

For nearly 20 years, the National Traineeship, formerly Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), has supported and trained people with lived experience of drug and alcohol problems, to work in social care.

We currently run the National Traineeship in Glasgow, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Borders, Fife, Highland, and Argyll & Bute.

The National Traineeship prepares people for employment through formal learning and in-work placements over a 39-week period. It is a multi-award-winning initiative which offers a unique programme of:

  • Paid work experience
  • Specialist training
  • Intensive support to achieve an industry standard vocational qualification, the SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare
  • Peer, and one to one support from SDF throughout the employment journey, and beyond

SDF understands everybody coming through the programme has a unique background and level of experience, and with that knowledge we ensure everyone gets the right level of support to help them succeed.

SDF Offer:

  • Pastoral support and professional supervision
  • Tailored support with IT, literacy, and to identify any gaps in skills.
  • Peer Support – the traineeship is a group experience, and you will be doing it with other people
  • A device to engage in online traineeship activities and to complete your SVQ work, alongside any training required to use the device
  • Generous annual leave and public holiday entitlement
  • Access to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme

Get in touch

If you have any questions or want to learn more, call 0141 221 1175 or email the National Traineeship team –