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High School Cooks

Salary: £10.19 - £10.39 Per Hour

Pay Scale: Grade 5
Full Time
Hours: 35

Organisation  Kirklees

Directorate  Environment & Climate Change

Service Area  Environmental Strategy & Climate Change

Job Category  Venue Management

Location(s)  529 Huddersfield Road, Oldham, OL4 3NY

At Kirklees we offer competitive pay, the local government pension scheme, great benefits, flexible working and excellent holidays.

We are currently looking for High School Cooks to join our team of skilled and enthusiastic staff working in schools in your area! We have many roles available and it is anticipated that you will work Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm, during Term Time

This High School Cook role sits within the Kirklees Catering team. As High School Cook, you will be responsible for preparing, cooking, and presenting in excess of 200 main meals and sweet items, while providing a high-quality customer-focused service in your school. We know that providing delicious and nourishing meals for children is essential to help to give them the best start in life. This might be the main meal of the day for some children, and you will ensure they have access to balanced, healthy food. In addition to providing the service on a day-to-day basis, you will be involved in providing theme days and other events. We hold several functions throughout  the year such the Christmas carol concert, the local pensioners Christmas meal, Teachers Christmas lunch & the introduction of a year 11 bistro .You will have the input to create new and exciting dishes from around the world, educating the students  through food. You must have flair & your own “want to” attitude towards these exciting menus and maybe even try something new yourself!

Kirklees Catering Service provides high-quality catering service to schools throughout our business portfolio. There will be opportunities for progression within the service for the right candidate.

Some of the key features and benefits of being part of the Kirklees Catering Service include:

  • Paid above the national living wage
  • Free food hygiene and Allergen awareness training
  • Christmas off every year
  • Term time working, plus 1 training day, 5 inset days and 3 cleaning days
  • Regular working hours and patterns
  • Monday – Friday working hours
  • Working hours estimated between 8.00am and 3.00pm
  • Working weeks are 39.8 weeks a year, pay is annualised over the year
  • Free parking at or near most schools
  • Good transport links to schools
  • Career progression options
  • Uniform provided
  • Pension contribution

What we expect from you:

  • Experience of the preparation and production of meals for a minimum of 200 customers daily
  • To be able to meet high standards of quality and health and safety through our training programmes
  • To be comfortable in a very flexible, fast-paced working environment
  • To wear appropriate uniform (provided) and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene
  • Ideally you will have a food hygiene certificate, however, we will provide training to obtain this award
  • Ability to achieve the level 2 award in food allergen awareness and control in catering
  • To undertake the duties of the Catering Manager in their absence including all paperwork and administration
  • Effective communication skills
  • Great customer service skills

For more information about this job please contact Catering relief on 01484 221000 or email

In order for your application to be considered please fully complete the easy application process answering the shortlisting questions.

This job is subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, please refer to the Job Description/Profile.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

To apply for this job, please visit: Catering Assistant- Waterhead Academy - Kirklees Council (

Closing Date: 05/06/2022 11.55 pm

Kirklees Catering Service
529 Huddersfield Road
01484 221000

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