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Trainee Habilitation Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £21,568 to £38,123 per annum
Location: Peterborough
Region: East of England
Job Type:
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/01/2020
Reference: 0000037479


Please note: if you have already applied to this vacancy you need not reapply.


Trainee Habilitation Specialist

Location: Peterborough, predominately working across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk with potential flexibility required across the region
Trainee salary: £21,568 per annum
Qualified salary: £27,472 - £38,123 per annum
Contract type: Permanent
Benefits: Additional 3% of annual salary to spend on a selection of flexible benefits or receive a proportion as cashback.

You could change the lives of visually impaired children and young people by becoming a Habilitation Specialist, who will support visually impaired children and young people to develop mobility, orientation and independent living skills. 

Increasing the availability of habilitation services for more children and young people is a large part of our plan for the future, our By My Side strategy. 

We are looking for people with interest, potential, and experience to work with visually impaired children and young people as a Habilitation Specialist, first as a trainee and then as a qualified practitioner. 

The role
This role is central to Guide Dogs strategy, with those in this role training to be able to work daily with visually impaired children and young people to personalise, assess, and review the habilitation needs of those we support. 

This role incorporates workplace learning, written and practical assessments to fully train you to become a fully qualified Habilitation Specialist. A proportion of the trainee programme is completed as part of the Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) at University College London.

Who we’re looking for
You will:
  • Be familiar with working with children and young people, and a proven ability to establish effective working relationships with them and their parents or carers. 
  • Be committed to multi-agency working and can demonstrate a strong ability to liaise effectively with other professionals/agencies.
  • Access to a car or suitable transport arrangements.

How to apply
Applications can be made using the online application form. You will need to evidence the criteria as set out in the attached job description. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications. Please contact for more information.

If successful, your job offer will be subject to  obtaining a position on the course at UCL.

For more information on the requirements of this role, and the training, please refer to the candidate pack by clicking apply and going through to our website.

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. 

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs. Please see the attached Benefits Document for a comprehensive overview of our benefits available.


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure, that we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Salary: £21,568 to £38,123 per annum
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