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Trainee Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Vacancy Details

Salary: £21,568 per annum
Location: Reading
Region: England
Job Type: Support Provider
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 08/02/2020
Date Posted: 07/27/2020
Reference: 0000037523


Job Title: Trainee Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Location: Reading, covering Berkshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire when qualified, prior to this you may be required to undertake some training at other locations in the UK.
Trainee salary: £21,568 per annum
Qualified salary: £27,472 to £38,123 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 35 hours per week
Benefits: Additional 3% of annual salary to spend on a selection of flexible benefits or receive a proportion as cashback.
Interviews: W/C 10th August 2020

“My world used to end at the front door. Now that’s where it starts.”
Betty, Guide Dog owner

You could change the lives of people living with sight loss by becoming a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI). Working with both Guide Dogs and service users to create partnerships, you will enable owners to live the life they choose through getting out and about, bringing unique independence and freedom.

Within this challenging but highly rewarding role as well as training dogs, you will be coaching people with a visual impairment to work with a new dog and give them the skills to be confident independent travellers.

The role is also very physical in nature; on average it involves walking 4-5 miles per day working with dogs of around 35kg in weight, in all weathers. You will be responsible for 4-5 dogs and their individual training and working sessions, as well as coaching visually impaired people.

The essential requirements of this role are:
  • Supporting our service users by coaching and guiding them through the challenges of guide dog partnerships. 
  • Training guide dogs within our standardised training framework, focusing on positive reinforcement and marker training techniques.
  • Supporting new and current service users with the preparation and handover of their dog.
  • Frequent travel throughout the day to cover large geographical areas.

Ifyou are interested in this role, please read the Person Specification within the Job Description attached – this shows you what we expect you to already have.

In order to be successful in the role and following this in your application will give you the best chance of success. Some elements we need to see are;
  • Evidence of coaching, teaching, mentoring, or instructing people.
  • Emotional and physical resilience.
  • Previous experience working with adults and/or children.
  • Two A levels or equivalent qualifications, or equivalent work experience.
  • That you have the qualities and potential to fulfil the fully qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor role following completion of the training programme.

For more information on this role, the requirements, training pathways, and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below. 

Working at Guide Dogs

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives. 

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.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.

How to apply
Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the offer of employment for the successful candidate will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory check. 


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positivelywelcome and seek to ensure 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.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

We reserve the right to close adverts early. 


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