Habilitation Specialist

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£34,123.00 - £38,387.99

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United Kingdom, National, National

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Operations - Canine Assisted Services

Job Title

Habilitation Specialist

Job Level

Specialist Professional

Contract type


External job advert

The Habilitation Specialist enables children and young people with a vision impairment to live the life they choose by delivering specialist services that enable them to become more mobile and independent.


For more information on joining this role at Guide Dogs, please see our spotlight video here: https://guidedogs.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Spotlight-on-Kim-Cordy-%E2%80%93-Habilitation-Specialist.aspx


We’re committed to enabling our staff to work where best suits the needs of the individual, their team and the organisation. We want our staff to flourish and work in environments which maximises their potential and best serves our stakeholders.


For this role you’ll be working 35 hours per week, worked 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 


We offer a generous pension scheme, annual leave, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.


More details can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.


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



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 people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to 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.

Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;



Evidence of qualification in one of the following or equivalent:
·      Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight Graduate Diploma – IOE.
·      BSc Hons Top-up Degree Habilitation Studies (BCU Birmingham City University).
·      Rehabilitation Officer Diploma / Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) – Working with Children with Visual Impairment.
·      Nationally recognised qualification in habilitation training for children and young people with visual impairment.

Or hold one of the following and demonstrate the motivation and willingness to study for the BSc Hons Top-up Degree Habilitation Studies (BCU) or equivalent:
·      Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment)
·      Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment)
·      Both Mobility Officer and Technical Officer Certificates
·      Diploma in Higher Education in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment)



For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.


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.


How to apply

If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or peopleservicecentre@guidedogs.org.uk.


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 as set out in the attached job description.


The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.

If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.


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.


Please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or peopleservicecentre@guidedogs.org.uk if you require any support with your application.

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