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Catering Assistant

  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: 1267
  • Published: Thu 11/07/2024, 19:00 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 12/07/2024, 1:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: GBP 23,628.00 ;GBP 13.75 per hour
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: To be confirmed

Organisation: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Salary: Grade 1B £23,628 pro rata/ per annum,£13.75 per hour

Contract Type: Part Time - Permanent

Working hours per week: 12.5 - 11.30 to 2.30 Monday - Friday

Weeks per year: 39

Application Deadline: 12th July 2024

Proposed Interview Date(s): July 2024


About Us:

Bursting with culture, energy, and opportunity, the London Borough of Waltham Forest is a fantastic and exciting place to work.

We are a highly ambitious borough. Driven by culture and the innate creativity of our residents, we have developed new and innovative ways to build our communities. Our Council is relentlessly resident-focused, insight-led, digitally driven and commercially minded; a Council focused on meeting the needs of our existing and future residents.

London Borough of Waltham Forest is one of the Mayor of London's Good Work Standard employers. This accreditation is a proof of our commitment to creating a healthy, fair and inclusive workplace. This includes fair pay and conditions, workplace well-being, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment.

About the role:

Our award-winning School Catering Service is looking for enthusiastic Catering Assistants to join one of our many catering teams in school kitchens across Waltham Forest and Haringey.

To apply for this role you must have:
  • Previous experience working in a busy catering environment and be able to work as part of a team.
  • Be able and willing to follow instructions from the Cook Supervisor.
  • Be able to assist with the preparation of our fresh food, serving children and adults, washing up, cleaning all areas of the kitchen and school dining room.
  • Be able to work in a physically demanding and fast paced environment.
  • A good understanding of food Allergens and food service.
  • A good level of spoken English to be able to communicate well with customers of all ages.
  • Enjoy working around children.
  • Good customer Care
  • Be prepared to travel around the borough when required to work in different school kitchens.

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Key Responsibilities:


1. To prepare the dining area for the service of food and/or beverages.

2. To serve food and/or beverages in a pleasant and professional manner .

3. To clear away and wash up after meal service.

4. To clear floors, furniture and equipment in the kitchen, servery, dining

5. To carry out basic cooking and food preparation duties as instructed

6. To be cost-conscious and economical at all times

7. To convey equipment necessary for the consumption of food and/or beverages from the kitchen to the service area and back having due regard for the health and Safety of all.

8. To operate kitchen equipment as required after satisfactory training and to do so, possibly unsupervised, when needed.

9. To carry out all cleaning duties as required on a rota basis

Qualifications and Requirements:

Previous Catering Experience Essential

Be prepared to work anywhere within the Borough of Waltham Forest (Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton or Leytonstone)

Terms and conditions:

The below terms and conditions apply to this role:

Satisfactory employment references and CIFAS identity checks;

This role is subject to safer recruitment practices as it involves work with children and/ or vulnerable adults;

Satisfactory DBS check;

As a public authority, we must ensure that members of staff in public-facing roles are able to speak fluent English. This means that they must have a command of spoken English, with confidence and accuracy, sufficient for the effective performance of their role. This requirement does not refer to any particular English language qualifications, regional or international accents, dialects, speech impediments or the tone of conversations. It does not require staff to speak only in English.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online by pressing the 'Apply' button below. This includes a supporting statement that outlines to us how your skills and experience make you a good candidate for this vacancy.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy.

We are keen to support employees to balance their working life with other commitments. Therefore, wherever possible, we will consider working arrangements that suit an individual's personal circumstances whilst still meeting the needs of the Council. If you would like to discuss the possible flexible working options that might be applicable to this role, please contact the person named below or feel free to discuss this during your interview.

For more information on the benefits of working for the Council, please visit https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/find-jobs-and-other-opportunities/working-us.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Susan Brettle, Head of WF Catering at susan.brettle@walthamforest.gov.uk

If you have any technical issues when trying to apply for this post, please contact our Recruitment Team via email at recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk.

The Council's preference is for online applications. However, if you have a disability and are unable to complete an online application, please email recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk so we can arrange an alternative application method.

Click here for further information on the Human Resources recruitment privacy notice.
  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: 1267
  • Published: Thu 11/07/2024, 19:00 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 12/07/2024, 1:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: GBP 23,628.00 ;GBP 13.75 per hour
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: To be confirmed