Technical Learning Specialist (Guide Dog Trainer)

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£32,000 - £36,000 per annum

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England, North East, Newcastle

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People & Performance - Academy

Job Title

Technical Learning Specialist (Guide Dog Trainer)

Job Level

Team Leader

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External job advert

The Technical Learning Specialist helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose by coaching, mentoring, empowering and developing Academy learners through their learning programme to become a competent Guide Dog Trainer (GDT). Through training your learners to excel in their roles you will enable them to embark on careers within our technical canine workforce, producing highly trained guide dogs to ultimately become a life-changing partner to a person with a visual impairment.  
We are recruiting this role in the following locations: 


If you are interested in any of the above locations - please apply to the correct job vacancy.
Think this may be the role for you? Hear more from Emma, one of our current Technical Learning Specialists: 

You can view the video at the following link: 
This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.  
This role is not suitable for home-working, although our Technical Learning Specialists enjoy the flexibility of working in a range of Guide Dogs sites and public locations to support their learners and dogs through our Academy learning programme. 
We offer a generous pension scheme, 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 about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process 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 fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for include; 

GDT qualified or equivalent external dog training and behaviour qualification to Level 5 or above (foundation degree, DipHE, HND, etc). 
Proven success in mentoring & coaching people in technical skills and theoretical knowledge. 
Understanding of adult learning methods and how to apply these. 
Applied and up to date knowledge of dog behaviour and welfare standards, including the application of Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT). 
The ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence, tact and empathy (including during difficult or challenging conversations). 
Ability to undertake the physical demands of the role, including walking long distances daily (in excess of 8-10 miles) in all weather conditions, and the potential to handle a range of dog sizes and temperaments. 
A full UK driving licence (a suitable a vehicle will be provided) 

Adult coaching, mentoring, or teaching qualification. 
Experience of supporting elements of organisational change or continuous improvement. 
People management experience (staff or volunteers). 
An understanding of sight loss and vision impairment. 
Understanding of legislation and safeguarding practices relating to adults, children, young people and to disability. 
Effective presentation skills.  

For the complete list of criteria for 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. 

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 documentation containing the additional detail.

How to apply
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