Trainee Habilitation Specialist – Children & Young People’s Team

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Closing date: Tuesday 01 February 2022
Location: Surrey
Hours: 36 hours per week (some weekend working when events are running)
Salary: £22,000 per annum (pay will increase following successful completion of the qualification and with experience in line with continual professional development)
Contract: Full time
Interview date: Thursday 17 February 2022

This is a career progression opportunity leading to a qualified position as Habilitation Specialist.

Sight for Surrey is offering an exciting opportunity to a person who is committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people.  Sight for Surrey’s vision is to ensure that children and young people who are vision impaired are able to fulfil their potential and to have similar opportunities to their sighted peers.

In order 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.

Requirements; First degree or a minimum qualification equivalent to QCF Level 4 plus experience working with children.

During the first year, this post will work within the main body of the team, predominantly delivering recreation activities. Planning and running activities for children and young people who have vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment aged from 0-18 years and working alongside Habilitation Specialists.

The post is dependent on successful admission onto the UCL Habilitation Specialist Course beginning autumn 2022.

On successful completion of the first year of the course, the worker will move into the post of Assistant Habilitation Specialist, progressing to Habilitation Specialist on qualification.  The role of the Habilitation Specialist is to teach concepts that most children learn by seeing and strategies to manage life without vision developing independence, mobility and daily living skills.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and young people and be imaginative and creative.  Experience of vision impairment or sign language would be an advantage.  The post holder will need to be flexible working 36 hours including weekends for children’s recreation activities. 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.

In view of our Social Care activities, our aim is to have a fully vaccinated workforce, and we encourage and support our workers to protect themselves with available vaccinations.

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.  Full time annual leave entitlement is 28 days per annum.

For an application pack for the above post, please contact Sandra Chenery by email:, Tel. 01372 869962, Fax: 01372 360767.   Alternatively you may download the forms and job description from Sight for Surrey website.

Please send your completed application form, equal opportunities form and signed GDPR Privacy Notice to Sandra Chenery, email address as above or by post to Sight for Surrey, Rentwood, School Lane, Fetcham, Surrey  KT22 9JX.

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