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.
If you feel that you are committed to our vision, purpose and values, and are dedicated to helping create a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else, then find out a bit more about us and the benefits of working with us.
What we offer you
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:
* 35 hour working week
* 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays - Rising to 28 days after three years' service
* Defined contribution group personal pension plan - Guide Dogs matches employee contributions plus 2% up to a maximum of a 9% employer contribution
* Life assurance - A core benefit of 4 times salary
* Flexible benefits - An amount equivalent to 3% of salary is given to employees to purchase benefits from a suite of well-being products
* Discounts and cash-back scheme - Access to discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases for supermarkets, clothing, electrical goods, travel, eating out, insurance and much more
* Employee assistance programme - A free-phone confidential helpline to provide unlimited access to advice, information and face-to-face counselling support, where appropriate
* Occupational sick pay - Enhanced above the statutory minimum
* Occupational maternity, paternity and adoption pay - Enhanced above the statutory minimum
* Child care vouchers - Enabling NI savings to be made on child care costs
* Eye care vouchers - Free eye tests and if needed specifically for VDU work, a contribution towards glasses
* Hearing tests - Free hearing tests for employees working in our kennels
* Dogalogue 10% discount - A 10% discount on orders from the Guide Dogs official shop
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 ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk who come into contact who come into contact with Guide Dogs staff and volunteers are treated with respect, and are free from all forms of abuse or mistreatment. We are also committed to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and maintain the welfare and safety of those with whom they come into contact.