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Trainee Trainer 

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join the Dog Supply Team within the Training Department.  The role involves sourcing, assessing and providing a structured training programme for dogs that have been accepted for assistance dog work; working closely with current volunteers who house the dogs overnight and at weekends; recruiting and assessing new volunteers and ensuring the health and welfare of the dogs are maintained.  
Occasional overnight duties and, from time to time, weekend work will be required to assist in promoting the Charity by participating in activities such as fundraising events and demonstrations.
The ideal applicant will be an effective team player and also have the ability to work alone.  You will demonstrate a real passion for the role, a positive attitude and show flexibility within your work.  Previous experience of training dogs, using positive based methods, and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.   
Starting salary £12,675, raising to £17,000 upon successful completion of training.
Full time 37.5 hours per week.
Location: Sheffield
This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be part of training dogs and working with people to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism.  Over time there could also be the opportunity for the right person to progress from Trainee to Trainer to Instructor (with a starting salary of £20,000).
If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager via e-mail Katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk  
Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to Katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, Support Dogs, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX.  
Please ensure to include the following information in your covering letter and CV;Explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability where possible.
Details of any training or voluntary work that you have undertaken that may be relevant to the role.  
Three referees to cover at least the past 5 years, one is to be your present or last employer whichever is relevant to your current situation.  Open references/character references from family and/or friends will not be accepted.  Please ensure that you provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education, giving reasons for leaving a position.  Ensure to record any periods of study or voluntary work.
Closing date for applications: 10am on 29 August 2014.
Interview date: Week commencing 8 September 2014.
Interviews to be held Support Dogs, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.