A Trailblazing Group is in the process of putting forward a proposal for developing a Drug and Alcohol Worker Standard to the Institute for Apprenticeships. This will form the basis for a Drug and Alcohol Worker Apprenticeship and has the potential to provide consistency in competency across the field in a process led by employers. We aim to set a standard that meets the learning needs of the workforce to engage effectively with the full range of often complex issues that people using alcohol and drugs present with, across the variety of service settings including the community, secure environments and residential. We aim to set the standard at Educational Level 4. The Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group has recently developed a 10 point Charter for Change which includes Creating apprenticeship-based qualifications for the drug and alcohol workforce, to build capacity and assure accreditation across the sector.
For this proposal, we need information from providers, which we are gathering through the brief, online questionnaire. Please do fill it in at https://kentsspssr.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RLGiyvh1TCIAK1 by Friday 13th October.
If you are interested in joining the Trailblazer group, please email Laura Green L.Greenfirstname.lastname@example.org
We are particularly keen for small organisations (with less than 50 employees) to join the group.
For more information about the apprenticeship process in the drug and alcohol sector so far please follow this linkhttps://smmgp.org.uk/news-events/2017/apprenticeships/
The next meeting of the Trailblazer group is provisionally planned for 31st October at a venue in the midlands. Full information will be distributed soon.
On behalf of the Trailblazing Group Co-Chairs Tony Pearson Director of HR & LD Phoenix-Futures and Kim Maouhoub Training Manager Blenheim CDP