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Kitchen Assistant
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/22/10656
  • Published: Fri 05/08/2022, 14:29 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 30/09/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 16 hours per week, 16 hours per week including working every other weekend 08:00 - 14.00
  • Salary: £18,333 - £18,516 per annum pro rata - with additional enhancements for weekend work.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Flitwick (Ferndale Care Home), Bedfordshire

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Kitchen Assistant

Team: Ferndale Care Home

Job Family: Providing CBG2

Salary: £18,333 - £18,516 per annum pro rata - with additional enhancements for weekend work.

Hours: Part Time - 16 hours per week including working every other weekend 08:00 - 14.00

Base Location: Ferndale Residential Care Home - Flitwick

Contract Type: Fixed - Permanent

Closing Date: Rolling advert to 30th September - applications will be reviewed on a regular basis

About Us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

This is a great time to join us on our journey.

More about the role:

If you have a passion for providing quality meals for vulnerable people you will be able to find your greatness working for Central Bedfordshire Council in the Care and Support Services. In the Older People’s services, nutrition and hydration are vitally important when it comes to the wellbeing of our customers – you could make people’s lives better.

At our services every day is different - every person has a story as well as a unique need. You’ll join our friendly team in this unique setting. Your main tasks will be to assist under the guidance of the cook in charge with all activities in the kitchen. This will include assisting with meal preparation, keeping the kitchen and work areas clean and tidy throughout the day, by washing up any equipment used, setting up of the dining areas – you will also assist with the serving of the meal and any clearing up at the end of the mealtime. It will be your responsibility and you will be passionate about keeping dining areas clean and presentable, by wiping tables, ensuring tablecloths etc are presentable and sweeping and mopping floor areas.

You don’t need to have any formal qualifications to apply for this post as an enthusiasm for the role is the key requirement – we would need you to have a basic understanding of appropriate food and hygiene practices and be willing to work towards a level 2 certificate in Basic Food Hygiene if you don’t already have one. You will be supported and directed by the Chef in charge of the shift and will have the opportunity to gain additional knowledge around providing nutritious meals for the older people at the service. You will become part of a wider team of people, all working towards the same goal – to provide an excellent service to the people in our care.

If you come and work for us you will have the benefit of our rewards package, such as annual leave, enhancements for antisocial hours, an employee assistance programme, access to IT equipment, discounts in the local community and the opportunity to complete further training and develop your career in the catering field.

Part of our vision in the Care and Support services is to be there for you. We will recognise you as an individual personality with your own uniqueness, character and life experiences. We will be there for you, to promote and celebrate your continued successes.

Please note that if you already work in another health and social care setting (e.g. another care home, home care provider or hospital ward) and intend to remain in that job, we will be unable to offer you a post with us at the moment. This is due to Public Health England guidance that advises care staff should not move between facilities due to the risk of transferring coronavirus.

What we can offer you:

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

  • Generous family friendly policies and practices
  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
  • Staff network and support groups
  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Suzanne Lynch at or call 0300 300 6229

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.

If you require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all.