Forward Traineeships

The Forward Traineeship scheme supports people in recovery from addiction to find work within Forward's services. 

Traineeships at Forward follow a rigorous curriculum of practical and written assignments, culminating in a Level 3 Diploma (either in Counselling Skills, or a relevant/equivalent qualification). Placements last for 12 months, during which period Trainees work within a Forward prison or community programme, developing their role and progressively increasing their own range of responsibilities, albeit fully supervised by the programme manager.

Trainees engage with the day-to-day work of one of Forward’s teams, including (where relevant) clinical supervision, group sessions, placement line manager supervision and review, Forward core training and programme specific training. Trainees are also assigned a mentor, who will support them through their placement.

All Trainees follow a competency standard which must be achieved to qualify for employment with Forward.


Over 120

people in recovery have completed our Traineeship scheme


of Trainees progress to full-time employment on completion of the scheme

  • The Apprenticeship scheme is open to people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction – subject to a minimum of two years since last drug use or five years since last sentence/conviction. 
  • Entry into the programme is via application, assessment and interview.
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years old (the minimum age requirement for Further Education).
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to on-going professional development.

Offers are made subject to completion of prison security checks. Apprentices are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment in all aspects of the role and will be continually assessed to ensure satisfactory progress. 

Support to gain employment is provided as the placement comes to an end. Whilst candidates cannot be guaranteed a post at Forward, every opportunity is given for Apprentices to have priority access to job vacancies in Forward services, should they so wish.

People who are interested in applying should recruit through our recruitment portal. If you require assistance with applying please contact us. 

Applicants who are successful in their application will be invited for an assessment day, after this they will be invited to an interview. 

Forward works with applicants who meet the criteria to identify a college or university offering a Level 3 qualification (either in Counselling Skills, or a relevant/equivalent qualification), funded by Forward. Apprentices are assigned a supervisor who monitors their work and progress.

The ability to embody the values of my recovery through my work gives me the sense of wholeness I’ve yearned for my whole life.
- Ron, Former Forward Trainee