Work for Us

The Forward Trust is looking for people who want to make a real difference to people’s lives. We believe that everyone has the capacity to make lasting change and welcome applications from those who share our values.

We have a wide range of opportunities across the organisation, from Trainee to Management, across prison and community settings as well as Head Office. Roles are available in:

  • Case Management
  • Residential and day substance misuse
  • Substance Misuse Clinical Treatment
  • IAPT mental health programmes
  • Employment Services
  • Recovery Support
  • Our Connections Family Service
  • Finance, HR, Facilities, Communications, Fundraising, Research and IT

We’re committed to providing opportunities to all people including those with lived experience. We encourage applications from people in recovery from addiction, co-dependency, gambling, homelessness or previous offending (subject to EDBS/vetting and risk assessment).

In addition, as an employer signed to armed forces covenant we welcome applications from ex-service candidates.

Benefits offered

We believe in investing in our people, recognising the commitment and dedication required in supporting those we work with. We offer a non-contractual competitive benefits scheme which includes the following:


We strongly believe that staff who work directly with clients require work-related clinical supervision in order to practise safely and to the best of their ability. Frontline Staff are eligible for up to £90 per month for this supervision through an external registered BACP therapist.

In line with legislation we automatically enrol employees into the company Group Personal Pension Scheme after 3 months’ completed service at a rate of 4%.

We will match contributions made up to a maximum contribution of 6% for the first two years of your membership of the scheme. After two foryears’ service, we increase the contribution to 1.5 times the employee’s contribution up to a maximum of 9%. So, for example, if your pension contribution is 4% we will contribute 6% and if you contribute 6% we will contribute 9%.

We provide a group life cover scheme for all Forward staff employed on our terms and conditions. This provides a lump sum payment to the member’s family/dependants if they die prematurely whilst employed by Forward currently equivalent to twice their annual salary.

Employees who are contracted to Forward terms and conditions are entitled to benefit from a scheme run by Simply Health, designed to assist with the general health and well-being of employees. Employees can access the following benefits from anywhere in the world:

  • Discount gym membership
  • Access to purchase discounted sports equipment and family days out
  • 24 hours access to a GP
  • New baby Payment
  • Confidential counselling sessions (up to 6)
  • Confidential helpline
  • Financial contributions towards: dental treatment; optical treatment; vaccinations; prescriptions; health Screening; physiotherapy; diagnostic consultation; and some alternative treatments

It is our policy to support and encourage staff to engage in a mix of E-Learning and face-to-face or virtual training that supports the development of skills and abilities required for their role, and in their professional career. 

Training is reviewed in quarterly meetings. Core training is automatically provided to all staff and additional CPD training is discussed in the QLM supported by an application process to a regional training panel.

Employees who are contracted on Forward terms and conditions may be entitled to receive a season ticket loan to help with the costs of commuting to work. This is recouped through the payroll on a monthly basis.

Staff can apply to the cycle to work scheme after successful completion of a six month probation period. Please note that in order to qualify there must be at least one year remaining on the contract and repayments will be recouped through the payroll on a monthly basis.

Work with Forward

Volunteering with Forward gives you the chance to gain real work experience whilst making a difference to the lives of ex-offenders and people with drug and alcohol issues. Volunteering with Forward will help you to develop key skills, meet new people and will give you a great insight into what it is like to work in the addiction and criminal justice fields.

Forward is always looking for new talent to join the team. Our services work across prison, community and employment as well as our head office. If you are looking to make a social impact and an innovative organisation then apply today. 

Forward's award winning Trainee Scheme offers opportunities in Forward's services to people in Recovery from addiction. If you are in recovery and want an exciting opportunity then apply today.   

There are very few other opportunities in which you can see your work being implemented in a way that has such a significant impact on the lives of others.
- Ayden, Forward Business Development Executive