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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (Qualified) - Leamington Spa, UK

Vacancy Details


Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Coventry Mobility Team, based in Leamington Spa covering Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.           

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: £26,802 - £33,958 per annum, dependent on experience.

Key requirements: To be a qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, as recognised under the International Guide Dog Federation.


This is not a Trainee position.


We are welcoming applications for this position from individuals who may require sponsorship to work in the UK.


Are you a Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, as recognised under the International Guide Dog Federation?

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor role is central to the delivery of the core guide dog service within the Guide Dog for the Blind Association in the UK. As a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, you will deliver specialist services as a part of a rehabilitation programme through existing or new guide dog owner partnerships. You will provide specialist assessments and a staged mobility plan, tailored to meet personal needs and expectations in relation to guide dog mobility.  This will include tasks such as;

-        Dog Training. Train or supervise the training of dogs according to National and International standards, as well as according to specific individual Service User requirements.

-        Partnership Instruction. You will plan and supervise, or directly deliver, training courses for Service Users.

-        Mentoring and supervision. Provide supervision, coaching or mentoring of other staff involved with the creation of partnerships.


For more information on the role requirements, duties and responsibilities please refer to the job description attached.


Would you like to be part of our team?

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check.

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. These include;


-        To hold a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor qualification, recognised under the International Guide Dog Federation.

-        To have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the Guide Dog Mobility Instructor role.

-        Experience of working for a recognised organisation under the International Guide Dog Federation.


For more information on this role, the requirements and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below.

How to apply
: Applications can be made using the online application form on the Guide Dogs job board. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Further information


Located in the heart of Warwickshire, Leamington Spa is a beautiful town that has grown around the natural spa springs. Royal Leamington Spa boasts dramatic Regency architecture, delightful parks and gardens and a unique mix of top quality shopping, with a fantastic range of independent shops sitting alongside high street brands. A bit further afield, within Warwickshire, there is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwick Castle and Coventry (UK City of Culture 2021) to visit.

Coventry Mobility Team

We are an experienced team covering the Midlands region and are looking to recruit a qualified GDMI who shares our passion and commitment in supporting local Guide Dog Owners and empowering them to maximise their potential.  As a team, we have recently been undertaking the first phase of the Standardised Training for Excellent Partnerships Programme, utilising positive reinforcement techniques and whilst experience in this isn’t necessary, a willingness to embrace this is essential.  We are also currently making the transition from a mobility team to a wider Regional Centre and therefore require people who can work well with others across all departments within Guide Dogs and is willing to adapt and support this change.

Working at Guide Dogs
Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

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. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.

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 interview to 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 vulnerable adults with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Closing date: 21st October 2018