St Albans, Hertfordshire
£21,568 - £38,123 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

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

We reserve the right to close all vacancies early. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.


Trainee Habilitation Specialist

Location: St Albans but based in Reading or Newcastle for the first year of training (see below) - working across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex

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.

Although the first year of learning for this role could be completed in either Reading or Newcastle, at the preference of the candidate, this could either be a temporary relocation for the year, or spending part of the week in Reading or Newcastle and the rest in St Albans, to be discussed further at interview. There is a lot of flexibility around these arrangements so if you are interested please apply and this can be discussed further if you are successful.

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.

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, 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. As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs - more details of these can be found in our Benefits Document attached to the vacancy on our website.


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.


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Refreshed on: 10 April 2020
Closed date: 03 May 2020
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