How to become a substance misuse outreach worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a part time college course to give you an understanding of substance misuse.
You could do a level 1 or 2 award in substance misuse awareness or a level 3 certificate in tackling substance misuse.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do a peer worker advanced apprenticeship or an early intervention practitioner higher apprenticeship.
You could also do an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship to get some of the skills and knowledge you need to become a substance misuse outreach worker.
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
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could volunteer with a drug, alcohol or housing charity to build skills and get work experience.
You could also volunteer with a substance misuse organisation. You can find contact details for an organisation near you from Frank.
You could apply directly to an employer.
You'll need a good understanding of the issues people with substance misuse problems might face. You might also need experience in criminal justice, social care, youth work or counselling.
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.