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Catering Assistants

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Manchester City Council

​Position Title: Catering Assistants
Salary: Grade 1 £17,364 to £17,520 (Bar at £17,364) per annum pro rata
Contract Type:  Permanent, Part time, Term Time Only
Hours: 16 per week
Location: Citywide
DBS Check Required: Yes, Enhanced
Manchester Residency: This advert is open to residents of Manchester only 
Closing Date: Ongoing (this advert can be closed at any time so please apply as soon as possible if you wish to be considered)
Reference: MCC250051/NS

This job is only open to applicants who are permanently resident in the City of Manchester. Applications will only be considered from people permanently resident within the boundaries of the City of Manchester.

Catering Assistants are required to support the Unit Manager in all aspects of the school catering service. You will be required to work on a mobile basis meaning that the work location could change from day to day.

As well as having experience of working within the catering industry, it is imperative that you have
exceptional people skills and high standards of customer service. It is paramount that the service provided is customer focused, therefore, you must be courteous, responsive and able to remain professional at all times.  You must also be able to work as part of a team and take instruction. 

On a daily basis you will be required to support the Unit Manager with the preparation, cooking and service of between 120-400 school meals in accordance with service standards, service level agreements and legislative requirements.

Due to the nature of the role you must be able to work under pressure and able to easily adapt to working in new environments. You must be flexible in your work location as this could change on a daily basis, and at very short notice.

The working week is 3.25 hours on Monday to Thursday and 3 hours Friday. Working times range from 10.15 am start to 2.00 pm finish.

Manchester Fayre is the catering arm of Manchester City Council and the school meals provider for over 100 primary schools, secondary schools and academies in the City. As a school meals provider, we prepare and serve around 27,500 school meals each day: Manchester Fayre’s uptake of school meals is well above the national average with 69.7% of children having a school meal in primary schools and 67.5% of children at secondary schools. We pride ourselves in always going the extra mile in everything we do, from attention to customer care, to supporting the health of our customers by exceeding nutritional standards for school meals.

The post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (amended in 2013). Appointable candidates will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check . Information provided by you or the DBS will be dealt with in a confidential manner and in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be viewed here. We have a policy on the Employment of Ex-Offenders and it is available upon request.

This post is also subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and other pre-employment checks where applicable.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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