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Jobcentre Plus: Recruitment

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) qualifications and (b) experience will be required of applicants for Jobcentre Plus drug co-ordinator posts; and if he will make a statement. (268767)

All Drug Co-ordinators are required to have an understanding of the wider drug strategy, partnership working and Jobcentre Plus aims, objectives and priorities to ensure the correct skills and experience are brought to this role.

All Jobcentre Plus co-ordinators will receive specific drug awareness training, delivered by the ‘Training Exchange’ a company that specialises in drug awareness and substance misuse training.

Drug Co-ordinators are expected to have knowledge of:

local and regional partnerships and their roles and responsibilities in relation to drug treatment services

Jobcentre Plus programmes, services and processes, which will ensure that Jobcentre Plus advisers within their district are aware of the help and support Jobcentre Plus can offer customers, and

how the wider drugs strategy fits within the wider welfare to work agenda.