Academy Guide Dog Mobility Specialists (A-GDMS)

Charity People are so pleased to be working in partnership with Guide Dogs, to find new Academy Guide Mobility Specialists (A-GDMS) who will provide specialist advice and support to Guide Dog service users.

Guide Dogs is a leading, national charity that provide support and services to enhance the lives of people who are blind and partially sighted, including breeding and training guide and companion dogs. Our ambition is to have a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

As an A-GDMS, you will be responsible for learning to deliver partnership training in line with their ethical and person-centred approach, as well as carry out assessments for matching dogs and service users, design and implement individual training plans and work closely with service users to develop their guide dog partnership skills. You will be key in ensuring service users become confident and skilled in their guide dog partnership. Once you have completed the Academy development programme, you will join your local team as a competent GDMS.  This is not your normal 9 to 5 role, and no two days are the same, for example one day you may be in planning meetings, another day walking in the wind and rain training dogs, or you could be working with a service user to support them with a challenge.

You will be provided with all the knowledge and skills to understand how Guide Dog partnerships work, however ideally you will also have:

  • Practical experience of working with adults and young people, and/or with training animals.
  • Previously taught or mentored individuals or groups of people.
  • A good understanding of positive training approaches used in development of animal behaviour.
  • Sound knowledge of the safe practice of working with vulnerable adults and children.

Additionally, you will be empathetic and understanding of individual's needs, as well as demonstrate resilience working in a challenging environment and being flexible to change. It would be great if you have previous experience working with a range of stakeholders, including volunteers, but this is desirable and not essential.

To apply: Please get in touch with to find out more details.




Application Closing Date

Friday 20th August 2021

Selection Process

The various stages will take place throughout August.

Initial stages will be online and further details will be sent if you choose to apply.

Final stages will be held on site, at either Atherton, Leamington Spa, or Bristol.




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