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The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Atherton 10.72 miles
£21,568 - £38,123 per year
We are looking for people with interest and experience to work with visually impaired children and young people as a Habilitation Specialist
Creative Support
Salford 2.01 miles
£7.20 - £8.60 per hour
Creative Support
Greater Manchester 6.09 miles
£7.50 - £8.80 per hour
Warrington 15.92 miles
£18,603 - £20,345 per year
£47,000 (+£3,000 London weighting) plus competitive pension
£45,000 (excl £3,000 London weighting) plus competitive pension
Manchester 0.74 miles
£9.30 - £11 per hour
Become a Project Leader and deliver your own project, helping vulnerable young people while developing yourself on our Leadership Programme
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Atherton, Greater Manchester
Maidstone, Kent
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Reading, Reading
£21,568 - £38,123 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Trainee Habilitation Specialist

Location: Various regional locations across the UK

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.

We have a number of exciting opportunities at the following locations:

  • Nottingham, working across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire with flexibility across the Midlands
  • Hull, working across the North East region
  • Maidstone, working across Kent and East Sussex
  • Southampton, working across South / South Central regions
  • St Albans but based in Newcastle for the first year of training - working across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex
  • London working across all boroughs, but based in Reading for the first year of training (+ £4,105 London Weighting)
  • Manchester, working across the North West region

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 our People Service Centre for more information.

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

If you are already a Qualified Habilitation Specialist and interested in working with us, please contact our People Service Centre.

For more information on the requirements of this role, and the training, please refer to the candidate pack below.


This role is 9am to 5pm, 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. As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs:

• Defined Contribution Personal Pension Plan

• A choice of Flexible Benefits equivalent to 3% of salary to purchase benefits though an on-line portal including Gym Membership, Travel Insurance, Healthcare and Hospital Treatment Plan, Dental Insurance, Additional Life Assurance, Health Screening, buying and selling annual leave (up to 3 days), Cashback to salary (up to 2% of salary equivalent)

• Discounts and Cashback Scheme

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Occupational Sick pay

• Occupational Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay enhanced above the statutory minimum.

• Life Assurance

• Childcare Vouchers

• Eye Care Vouchers

• Dogalogue 10% Discount


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.

Additional documents
Trainee Habilitation Specialist Candidate Pack (.docx)
Job Description (.docx)
Benefits (.docx)
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Posted on: 01 April 2020
Closing date: 19 April 2020
Tags: Support Worker,Vocational/Services
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