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Catering Assistant (2 Posts) (Term Time) - WDN04699

West Dunbartonshire Council

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Job description from West Dunbartonshire Council

Job Description

Vacancies have arisen for Catering Assistants within the authority’s Alexandria area. The post holders will require to assist in the day today operational requirements of the catering service within this premise as required.

Duties will include assisting in basic food preparation and service of all foods in compliance with the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drinks in schools (Scotland) regulations 2008, compliance with all the relevant legislation as required and setting up / clearing away equipment for food service. The post holder’s duties will include general cleaning to a high standard including crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, kitchen and dining room areas, staff rest room and toilets.

The post holders will require to adhere to Food Safety System, Safe Systems of work and Health and Safety Legislation. Knowledge of such legislations would be an advantage as would previous experience in this type of work.

The successful candidate should be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

Post 1: Renton Primary; 25 Hours; Monday-Friday 8:30am-2pm with 30 minutes break each day; Term Time; Permanent

Post 2: Levenvale Primary; 10 Hours; Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:30pm; Term Time; Permanent

These are part time posts and the salary will be on a pro-rata basis according to the number of hours worked.

Requirements

This post is considered as Regulated Work with Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 and as such membership with the PVG scheme is essential. Further details of this scheme can be found here.

Preferred applicants will be required to become members of the relevant PVG scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer being made by West Dunbartonshire Council.

Responsibilities

The employment for which you are applying is excepted from the provisions of section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applicants are, therefore, not statutorily entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are "spent" under the provisions of the Act. In the event of employment any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action.

The Individual

WDC was voted one of the top ten flexible employers and prides itself in providing flexible working to support work life balance. In addition to this there are also additional benefits:

• Access to the Local Government pension scheme (LGPS) with an employer’s contribution of at least 19.3% and all associated benefits
• A minimum of 25 days annual leave, increasing a day each year up to 35 days as well as 8 fixed public holidays each year
• Access to employee wellbeing supports including occupational health & counselling if ever you need help and support

Now that you have read the role and what we have to offer, we would love to hear from you. Please use the application to tell us your experience, and why you are the candidate for this role.

For information about West Dunbartonshire Council please click on the following link and see why we are an employer of choice:
http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/working-for-us/about-us/

More information on the benefits of working within West Dunbartonshire Council, can be found using the following link:
http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/working-for-us/benefits-of-working-with-us/

Job insights from Breakroom

Kitchen and catering assistant

Kitchen porters or kitchen assistants prepare food, make sure chefs have everything they need

What you’ll do as a kitchen and catering assistant:

  • Plan meals
  • Prepare and cook food
  • Purchase food and look after a budget
  • Be responsible for the hygiene and safety of food served

Is it right for you?

This job may involve:

  • Standing
  • Physical activities
  • Wearing a uniform
  • Cleaning
  • Anti-social hours

What employees say

Pay

    Good
  • People are paid minimum wage

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council pay minimum wage?

    Yes. Most people are paid above the minimum wage.

    How we know this

    88% of people say they are paid at or above the legal minimum wage.

    Based on data from 25 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    68% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 22 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The new Living Wage rates were announced on Thursday 22 September 2022.

    The rates are now £10.90 per hour, and £11.95 per hour in London.

    Employers are expected to implement the rise as soon as possible but by the latest 14 May 2023.

    On the 14 May 2023, employers’ Breakroom Rating will be updated to reflect this.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council pay market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    83% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do workers at West Dunbartonshire Council get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    76% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 21 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    90% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 20 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at West Dunbartonshire Council do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    78% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Hours and flexibility

    Okay
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Only some people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 45% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 18% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 36% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do workers at West Dunbartonshire Council worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    76% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • Good
  • Most people get a choice of shifts

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    78% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for West Dunbartonshire Council workers to change shifts?

    Some people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    45% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    80% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 20 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do West Dunbartonshire Council managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    88% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and February 2023.

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    78% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 23 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Good
  • Most parents say it’s good

    Is working at West Dunbartonshire Council good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Most parents and carers say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    82% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

Workplace

    Okay
  • Only some people feel treated with respect

    Do people at West Dunbartonshire Council feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Some people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    35% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 20 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at West Dunbartonshire Council get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    71% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 21 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Okay
  • Some people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Some people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    56% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 25 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do people at West Dunbartonshire Council enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    86% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 14 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2021 and May 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do people at West Dunbartonshire Council recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    42% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 24 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    38% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 24 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at West Dunbartonshire Council?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 50% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role.

    Based on data from 20 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think West Dunbartonshire Council head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    82% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 22 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how West Dunbartonshire Council is doing?

    Most people don’t feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    70% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 23 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2020 and May 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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    Worst thing

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    4.1

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  • Best thing

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    Worst thing

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    9.5

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    Worst thing

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    9.9

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    Worst thing

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    8.4

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    Worst thing

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