Assistant Cook

Salary:  £23,000 per annum, plus Serco benefits

Working hours: Full-Time, 40 hours per week



Here within our Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contract, we focus on assisting individuals through the asylum system - ensuring that vulnerable asylum seekers have access to the support they need along with suitable accommodation. As our new Assistant Cook, you'll play an important role in this as you help to deliver catering services to residents on site.



Working alongside the catering manager and our friendly team you'll do this by preparing and cooking varied and healthy meals that consider specific dietary requirements, whilst also ensuring we comply with health, safety and food regulations. You'll also make sure that the security and safety of all foodstuffs is maintained during delivery, storage and distribution - and that work areas are kept clean and hygienic.



And whilst you're here preparing food for some of the most vulnerable people in society, we'll be supporting you. As well as all the initial training and accreditation you need to get going, you'll find work that works for you in a values driven organisation. All uniform is provided.



What you need to do the role


As well as good interpersonal, teamwork, problem solving, and communications skills. Given the setting you'll be working in, you'll an understanding of working in a socially diverse environment along with basic working knowledge of commercial kitchen environments.


And whilst you'll ultimately need to have a Level 2 Qualification in Food Safety & HACCP, Allergens in Catering, and First Aid in Work - you will be supported to complete these courses during your probation period. Ideally you will be working towards Level 3 Food Safety already.

Lastly, due to the nature of the role, all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks.



Why Serco


Meaningful and vital work - Take pride in doing temporary work that really matters. Work directly with the public and gain career satisfaction by providing a vital front-line service.


A world of opportunities - With us, you'll have direct access to training, development, support to grow and many more career opportunities. Whether that's a different temporary role or a permanent career move to match your ambitions.


Great people - Our temporary workers are highly valued members of the SWS team. We believe in putting people first, so we welcome you, we look after you and we support and empower you to care for the public and each other.



What we offer


  • Pension - 6%
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package - discounts include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships
  • A safe and supportive culture
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion


About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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13/12/2023 01:36:00
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