Bristol, Bristol City (On-site)
Exeter, Devon
RG7, Reading
Wales, United Kingdom
Starting Salary £22,000 - £26,000 per year + benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We currently have several Trainee Habilitation Specialist vacancies advertised across the South West region. Please only submit one application; this should be to your preferred location. If invited to interview, you will be given the opportunity to express interest in other locations.


As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check, job offers will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory check.


As a Trainee Habilitation Specialist, you will contribute, as a full-time member of staff, to the services delivered by the Reading, Bristol, Exeter or Wales team (working regionally across the South West area) whilst successfully completing all elements of the 2-year Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People).


The content of the training will be covered through a mix of on the job, and off the job training.


On the job training will be provided by Guide Dogs as part of the habilitation team in the role of Trainee Habilitation Specialist. Off the job training will be covered by the University course, delivered by University College London (UCL), key details of which are below.


University College London Course key dates


Application deadline date (if successful, applications must be made to UCL by this date): 31st March 2022.

UCL Assessment dates: N/A

Course dates: UCL Starting in September 2022, 2-year course.


Successful applicants will be required to apply to, and be accepted by, University College London for Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) course. 


The applications need to be submitted after a job offer has been made and accepted and before 31st March 2022 to increase the chance of gaining a place on the course. Places on the University course are limited for the September 2022 start date, and offers will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Positions are not held back for Guide Dogs employees.


Note: Guide Dogs will pay the tuition fees as part of the position of Trainee Habilitation Specialist.


Please refer to the recruitment pack below for more information on the training and University course.


We cannot provide sponsorship for the role.


We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.


Candidate profile


How to apply 

Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above. As part of your application, ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria set out in the attached job description. 


The system does have a time limit, and we would advise you to complete your answers and copy and paste them into the online form once finalised. Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.


Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.


In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification within the Job Description below. Requirements include.


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. 
  • 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


Please note: job offers will be subject to acceptance onto the University College London for Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) course.



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 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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