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IGDF Members E-Newsletter April 2024
Organization: Guide Dogs for the Blind UK
Location: Maidstone, UK
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: March 29, 2023

Job Description

Contact at organisation: People Service Centre – Recruitment Team, Guide Dogs for the Blind UK

Phone: 0118 983 8837


The Guide Dog Trainer helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing technical support and expertise in order to maximise the organisation’s productive capacity by providing a wide range of technical and practical support to ensure a full and efficient service to clients. This includes the training of guide dogs in community and regional teams to class standard and elements of volunteer and customer training and support.

This role will be based on site at our Maidstone office, working closely with a team of guide dog trainers. You will 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.

Candidate requirements

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


  • Qualified in the role of Guide Dog Trainer.
  • Current knowledge of dog handling and training techniques and approaches. A working understanding of dog care.
  • Basic IT skills
  • Working knowledge of dog ethology, behaviour, learning theory and positive reinforcement training techniques.


  • Current valid UK/EU Driving licence, or able to demonstrate how to complete the role without.
  • Accredited learning in the areas of animal welfare or behaviour.
  • Accredited learning in the area of teaching or mentoring.
  • 3 GCSE/O’ levels or the equivalent – including Math’s /English (QCF level 1-2 / SQCF levels 4-5)

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.

How to Apply

How to apply
If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or

Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.

Follow this link:

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 if you require any support with your application.