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Catering Assistant - Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School, Alberbury HC3S 10013

Job Details:

Hourly Rate: £9.00 per hour 


Work Location: Alderbury & West Grimstead Primary School, Alderbury


Hours per week: 10


Contract Type: Permanent, Term Time Only


Closing Date: 2nd June 2019


Advert Text:

HC3S is Hampshire County Council’s in house catering service. As a Catering Assistant working in a busy primary school kitchen, you’ll need to be able to work at pace and as part of a team. Duties will include preparing/cooking and serving lunchtime meals to primary school pupils together with other general kitchen tasks which include cleaning duties.  You’ll also be required to setup/clear the school hall of tables and chairs on a daily basis and must be physically able to lift tables and chairs and kitchen equipment.

Catering Assistant is required to help in all aspects of kitchen work, including preparation of food and cleaning and serving pupils at this site and possibly to drive company vehicle to deliver school meals to other schools within the local area.  This is a very busy and friendly unit.

To find out more about HC3S please click here.

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

Full, Clean UK driving licence


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:


Tracey Northover, District Manager on 0771814 6873



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.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.

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