Hospitality and Catering

Catering Assistant

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Job Title: Catering Assistant

Location: Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Waterlooville, Hampshire

Salary: Support Staff Grade B1 £22,737 (FTE time equivalent) ACTUAL Salary 19,947.35

Job Type: 37hrs per Week (term -time only, 40 weeks)

  • Monday to Thursday 7am to 3pm and Friday 7.30am -3pm (with 30 minutes lunch break)

Oaklands is a Catholic Academy taking in boys and girls from 11 -18, which has been established by the Diocese of Portsmouth for the education of Catholic children who live within the designated parish catchment area allocated to the school. In addition, Oaklands also takes in a number of children from other Christian denominations whose parents have specifically requested a Catholic education at the school, provided that they satisfy the criteria laid down in the Governors’ Admissions Policy.

About the role:

The Trustees are seeking to appoint a Catering Assistant to join our hardworking, committed and enthusiastic team. This role will require the successful candidate to perform a variety of tasks associated with the efficient running of the catering service. The successful candidate will work with the students, teachers and support staff within the school canteen. The successful candidate will ideally have knowledge of working within a catering environment.

Catering Duties:

  • Assist with basic food production, preparation of salads, rolls, vegetables and other foods prior to cooking
  • Assist with cooking of foodstuffs under the direction of the Deputy Catering Manager
  • Prepare service and dining areas, serve customers ensuring correct portion control and promote sales of the company’s products
  • Clean kitchen and dining areas to a high standard using the safe methods as laid down in the Safer Food Better Business manual and complete the cleaning rota on a daily basis
  • Accept payments and give correct change operating and balancing the cash register as required
  • Clean and fill all vending machines as required
  • Assist with the preparation and service of food as special functions and theme days as required
  • Keep records required eg: fridge/freezer temperature sheets, food temperature sheets, stock control sheets and food wastage sheets as directed by the Deputy or Catering Manager
  • Ensure that all deliveries are accounted for and put away implementing good stock rotation and correct stock keeping as directed by the Deputy Catering Manager
  • Ensure that the school’s reputation for food quality and service is enhanced with the staff and pupils
  • Any other duties commensurate with the position as directed by the Deputy Catering Manager/Catering Manager
  • Participate in training and continuing professional development
  • Attend relevant school meetings as required

Person Specification:


  • Previous experience of working in catering
  • Attention to detail
  • Articulate, literate and numerate
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organisational ability and able to manage time to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Appreciation of the issues working around young people and prepared to train to gain up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and the protection of children and young people
  • Ability to Support the school ethos
  • Confidentiality and discretion
  • Use of initiative
  • Sense of Humour
  • Tidy and organised approach
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi‐task
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to forge and maintain good relationships with members of staff and students
  • Takes pride in work and has high expectations of self and others
  • Willingness to participate fully in the life of the school
  • Willingness to work overtime if required

The following would be desirable:

  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Experience of working in a school
  • catering operation

Closing date: 1st January 2024, 5pm

Interviews: Week commencing 2nd January 2024

If you’re interested in the role and would like to put yourself forward, please hit APPLY and follow the link to complete your application including all relevant application forms on our website.

Please note that incomplete applications/CVs will not be accepted.

Please attach the application form together with the consent to obtain references form too

Candidates with previous job titles and experience of; Attendance Officer, Bursary Scheme Officer, Bursary Officer, DBS Officer, College Administrator, Administration Assistant, Business Support, Business Administrator, Office Administrator, Office Support may also be considered for this role.

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