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Catering Assistant (LH) - Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown - HC3S 149411 (W)

Job Details:


Hourly Rate: £9.25 per hour


Work Location: Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown


Hours per week: 12.50


Contract Type: Permanent, Term Time Only


Closing Date: 31st October 2021

About the role:

Could you be part of our friendly team, ensuring school children eat a tasty and healthy meal each day?


“I love being part of the team and working in a very busy kitchen.” – Nikki

“All the children are ready with a smile and a thank you.

 I’m very fortunate to do a job that I love.” - Kim


As a Catering Assistant working in a busy school kitchen, you’ll help prepare, cook and serve lunch to pupils. You’ll also carry out other kitchen tasks, including cleaning, and setting up and clearing the school dining hall or eating areas. Occasionally you will be a required to cover the role of Head Of Kitchen with the appropriate payment being made for the duration of cover.  Full training is given to ensure skills are developed and consolidated to enable you to successfully undertake Head of Kitchen duties. 


In this varied role you’ll also need to:

  • Put away deliveries, rotate stock and carry out quantity, temperature and quality checks
  • Follow specified portion control guidelines and special dietary requirements
  • Encourage the children to try a variety of food
  • Make packed lunches for school trips
  • Handle cash on occasions, following our strict guidelines
  • Keep to HC3S and Hampshire County Council health and safety, food safety and hygiene procedures


It’s a rewarding job, and we’ll give you all the training you need to succeed. 


You will be required to undertake mandatory training on commencement and every 3 years thereafter in Food Safety, Allergen Awareness and Health and Safety Manual Handling. 


You’ll need to be motivated and enjoy being part of a team. Serving lunch on time is essential, so you must be comfortable working at a fast pace. You’ll be physically able to lift all the equipment, and at ease with a hot, busy and at times noisy environment.


If you have experience of working in a catering environment that would be an advantage, but it’s not essential.


As part of our pre-employment checks, you’ll be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire. It is screened by our Occupational Health Department, who will ensure that you are medically fit for this role. The post is also subject to a criminal records check, called an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


HC3S is Hampshire County Council’s inhouse catering service. To find out more about HC3S, visit www.hants.gov.uk/hc3s.


Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the Line Manager, help prepare, cook, serve and pack (where required) food and drink as appropriate, and deliver/ serve to customers at the correct time.  In addition, carry out general cleaning duties.

Role Responsibilities:

Food preparation and cooking of meals:  Help prepare, as directed by the line manager, the required number of food products, following specified menu/special dietary requirements.


Setting up and clearing away of dining hall/ restaurant: Within strict time limitation, set up required number of tables/ chairs for dinner period within the school hall. At the end of service clear furniture and sweep hall ready for immediate school use. 


Serving/customer liaison:  Under supervision and direction serve food and drink where appropriate, speedily, courteously and following specified portion control guidelines and special dietary requirements. Positively encourage children to try a variety of food. Handle cash, where necessary, following strict guidelines


Kitchen cleaning rota and general washing up:   Manually wash up all eating utensils and equipment, sterilising where required, following set guidelines, or use dishwasher where appropriate. Complete cleaning duties, following daily and weekly rotas, to ensure health and safety and hygiene standards are maintained.


Stock control/receipt of deliveries:  Put away deliveries as instructed, ensuring correct stock rotation and quality control guidelines. Receive deliveries, when directed by unit supervisor, carrying out quantity, temperature and quality checks.


Corporate and statutory initiatives – equalities / health and safety / e-government/ sustainability:  Ensure adherence to health and safety, food safety and hygiene procedures.

Role Requirements:

Essential knowledge skills and experience:

Physically able to lift service and kitchen equipment


Desirable knowledge skills and experience:

Experience of working in a relevant catering environment

Working Conditions:

Chairs are stored in stacks of 8 and moved to dining room/storage area.

Tables are moved to dining room and erected where appropriate.

Frequent bending and lifting

Washing up. Industrial height low sinks, slip hazards.

Exposure to noise levels during cooking/service (e.g. Mechanical extraction). 

Exposure to heat through ovens/deep fat fryers/hot cupboards.

Exposure to chemicals with irritant classification.

Exposure to food products which may be irritants (tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, fruits, lettuce)

Use of knives

Lone working early morning (for unit supervisor / manager posts).

Work can be at a fast pace

Temperature variants – kitchens can be hot in summer and cold in winter


As part of the pre-employment checks that are undertaken for this role, you will be asked to complete a Post Offer Medical Questionnaire. The questionnaire is confidential, and is screened by our Occupational Health Department, who will ensure that you are medically fit for this role before being formally offered the position.

Vetting Requirements:


This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


Emily Griffiths, District Manager, on 07864691351



Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.



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