How to become a substance misuse outreach worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
There are part-time college courses which will give you an understanding of some of the issues. These include:
- Level 1 or Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness
- Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do an early intervention practitioner higher apprenticeship.
You may also be able to get some of the skills and knowledge to get into this role through an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Volunteering with an organisation like a drug, alcohol or housing charity is a good way to build skills and experience, and is often a way into paid work.
You can find contacts for local substance misuse organisations from online services like Frank where you can search by postcode or town.
You could apply directly to employers, if you've got relevant skills and knowledge. You'll need a good understanding of the issues facing people with substance misuse problems.
Experience in criminal justice, social care, youth work or counselling may give you an advantage when looking for paid work.
You could also apply if you have personal experience of addiction or dependency. Applications are usually welcome from people who have successfully come through treatment.