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About the job

Salary: £17,364 a year pro rata
Hours per week: Various
Contract type: Permanent, Term time

Do you have some experience in catering or similar and excellent customer service skills? If yes, we want to hear from you.

We have exciting opportunities available within the Catering Services Team where you will be using your professional catering skills to support the Kitchen Manager in the overall operation of the kitchen and staff. This will be in accordance with and to the standard required by LBC Catering Services policies and procedures.

You will also be required to meet the requirements of the school food plan, health and safety, food hygiene legislation and best practice in accordance with the SLA/ contract with the school.

We have General Kitchen Assistant posts covering Central Bedfordshire and Luton Schools.

The current available locations are Stotfold, Milton Keynes, Linslade, Shillington and Clophill.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have the ability to understand and follow instructions, with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and be able to work co-operatively to meet service demands.

You'll have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of high standards of kitchen hygiene.

It is essential you are able to perform physical tasks on a frequent basis such as lifting catering equipment up to 20kg.

You will also be required to adjust working hours to meet service demands, travel to all schools operated by LBC Catering Services and be able to converse with ease with members of the public in accurate and fluent spoken English.

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