The Forward Traineeship

The Forward traineeship is a 12-month fixed-term contract that enables you to gain qualifications and learn on the job. Our traineeships are aimed at those who need to develop additional skills, experiences and qualifications in order to gain employment.

We support trainees to learn all aspects of their job, with responsibilities gradually increasing throughout their placements.

By the end of their placements, our trainees are able to manage similar job responsibilities to permanent members of staff, and we support them to develop the experience, skills and qualifications required to apply for permanent roles at Forward.

We’re committed to providing opportunities to everyone, including those lived experience of addiction or offending. We encourage applications from all people in recovery from addiction, co-dependency or gambling, or have experience of offending or homelessness.



Who can apply?

You can apply for a traineeship if you:

  • Need a qualification or additional experience to develop a career in your chosen field
  • Do not have a level 3 or higher qualification
  • Have been in recovery for at least two years (if applicable)

What qualification will I get?

You will be required to complete a qualification relevant to the specific traineeship you are completing. These include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
  • Level 2 Diploma in Accounting
  • Level 2 Diploma in Media and Visual Communication

What happens at the end of the 12 month placement?

After successfully completing the 12 month contract, trainees can apply for a permanent position with The Forward Trust.  

We will support your application and I help your prepare for your interview.

What traineeships are available?

Our Connections family service works to strengthen the relationships of offenders and people in recovery with their families, friends and wider social networks. Our Connections Team work with our substance misuse and recovery support workers to deliver a range of interventions to substance misuse clients and their families. Family support trainees:

  • Work closely with the treatment team to support clients and their families in relation to issues related to family relationships and ongoing recovery of both the client in treatment and concerned significant others
  • Promote family work services to Drug and Alcohol Practitioners, including how to refer clients and concerned significant others to the service
  • Conduct initial assessments, one to ones and brief interventions with clients in relation to family issues
  • Look for opportunities to network and familiarise yourself with organisations that may prove to be a benefit to you and your work
  • Contribute to the overall smooth running of the service by being proactive and solution-focused


  • Planning and managing a case-loads and reviewing ongoing care and treatment, liaising closely with healthcare and other agencies.
  • Co-facilitating groups and programmes to the standard required
  • Develop skills in the collection and recording of data for audit, research and reporting Purposes
  • Carrying out assessments risk/initial/comprehensive to inform treatment journeys and interventions relevant to individual client needs including 1:1 sessions and group work/programme facilitation

The Recovery Support Team supports service users who have engaged in Forward's services in prisons and in the community. Recovery Support trainees:

  • Support the development of a robust aftercare pathway which enables clients develop strong mutual aid links prior to exiting formal treatment and to plan the transition into the community
  • Plan and manage your workload effectively, making sure that clients are prioritised appropriately and seen in a timely manner.
  • Support and develop the Forward Connect Group, by referring clients and attending meetings
  • Carry out assessments and interventions that are relevant to individual client needs
  • Support the team to review ongoing care and treatment liaising closely with healthcare and other agencies.

The Forward Trust Resettlement Service supports vulnerable single homeless adults to gain stable accommodation. Resettlement trainees:

  • Provide a comprehensive, inclusive and bespoke resettlement service, including advice and guidance
  • Work in partnership with agencies giving them the opportunity to offer their services to our members
  • Assist the Resettlement Manager to implement a comprehensive, robust strategy in line with the Forward Trust Business Plan
  • Support the resettlement team to implement the resettlement strategy across the organisation
  • Liaise with landlords and governments as appropriate, including arranging viewings, completing health & safety assessments and tenancy agreements
  • Work collaboratively with Drug & Alcohol Practitioners and Mentors across the Forward Trust to support clients who are in need of ongoing support once released from custody

Over 120

people in recovery have completed our Traineeship scheme


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

Being on the traineeship scheme meant that I finished my sentence with a sense of security and stability, knowing I had a job to go to.
- Andy Jackson, Canterbury & Swale Drug and Alcohol Service Manager and former Trainee