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About the job

Salary: £18,426 - £18,795 per year pro rata
Hours per week: 25
Contract type: Permanent 

We have an exciting Catering Officer opportunity within the Adult Social Care Department, where you will provide assistance in the kitchen and dining room as required in the provision of catering services.

In this vital role, you will carry out simple preparation of foods including vegetables, salads, sandwiches, sauces and beverages as necessary. Where required, prepare chapatti, dumplings or other culturally required items of food as part of a meal.  You will also prepare a daily plan, make preparations to serve food according to the type of service in place at the centre.

About you

This is a public facing role so you will need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.

Our ideal candidate must have the ability to:

  • Experience inn food preparation

  • The ability to work on your own initiative and as a team member.

  • To be able communicate at all levels and be able to relate to vulnerable adults.

  • The ability to read labels / instructions / equipment manuals.

  • To be literate and able to read and write e.g. record healthy meal plans and make orders for meals.

  • To have Knowledge of COSHH and Infection Control.

  • To be able to work at short notice if necessary; which could include working some evenings and weekends in line with the needs of the service.

You must have the ability and willingness to undertake the Basic Food Hygiene Training and obtain the Certificate of training within their probationary period.

If you think you could become an asset to the team, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to receiving your application.

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Additional information

Luton Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child and/or vulnerable adults protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- generous holiday entitlement
- local government pension with generous employer contribution
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing