Trainee Habilitation Specialist – Children & Young People’s Team

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Closing date: Monday 29 January 2024
Location: Surrey
Hours: 36 hours per week
Salary: £22,000 per year (pay will increase following successful completion of the first year, and post qualification, then annually with experience in line with continual professional development up to £35,000)
Interview date: Wednesday 14 February 2024

This is a career progression opportunity leading to a qualified position as Habilitation Specialist.  Membership fees of the Professional Body are paid.

The training costs leading to qualification will be met by the organisation.

Work Mileage paid at 45p per mile.

  • Do you thrive on working in a team that offer a holistic approach ensuring that children’s needs are met?
  • Would you enjoy working for a local Surrey charity that has the flexibility to work imaginatively, in a variety of different ways to meet the needs of children and young people who have vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment?
  • Sight for Surrey is offering an exciting opportunity to a person who is committed to making a difference to children and young people who are vision impaired, and those with a multi-sensory impairment.

To future proof, our services we are seeking a trainee Habilitation Specialist who will work within the Children & Young People’s team while undertaking the Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight Graduate Diploma at University College London.


  • First degree or a minimum qualification equivalent to QCF Level 4 plus experience working with children.
  • The post is dependent on successful admission onto the University City London Habilitation Specialist Course beginning autumn 2024. The successful candidate will be required to apply for a place on the course by the end of February 2024.
  • Experience/ knowledge of vision impairment or sign language skills would be an advantage.
  • The post holder will need to be flexible working 36 hours including weekends when children’s recreation activities are provided.
  • Attend university undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) at University College London, completing assignments, placement etc. in line with the requirements of the course.

The post will begin in August 2024.  The Habilitation Course is modular with time shared between university and the workplace.

The role of the Habilitation Specialist is to teach concepts that most typical children learn through sight.  Supporting children and young people to develop strategies to manage life without/ with reduced vision, developing independence, mobility, and daily living skills.

For further details of the role, please see the job description.  An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service will be required Sight for Surrey will support you to obtain this.

For further information about this vacancy and details of how to apply, please visit the Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey website:

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