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Kitchen Assistant

HC One

About HC One

HC One is a care home operator.

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Job description from HC One

In your role as a Kitchen Assistant at HC-One, you’ll value one thing above all. Kindness. It carries across every aspect of our Dementia, Nursing, Residential and Specialist care homes. Every single person who works here understands that our Residents are people just like them with their own stories to tell. By joining HC-One you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to give something back to those people.

*WEEKENDS ONLY*

*WEEKENDS ONLY*

As a Kitchen Assistant that will mean helping to prepare and serve nutritious, healthy meals that our residents will love. You’ll demonstrate the highest standards in cleanliness, food safety and hygiene. And, whether you’re maintaining food supplies and fridge/freezer temperatures, showing new starters how to use the equipment or scrubbing that last bit of spilled food from inside the oven, you’ll always have Resident wellbeing in mind above anything else.

HC-One are looking for a Kitchen Assistant with some kitchen experience, but what’s for certain is that you’ll have either an NVQ2 in Catering or Food Preparation or the willingness to study for one. Great record keeping and organisational skills will be essential, as will the ability to follow recipes. And, whenever you communicate with a Resident or co-worker, you’ll be truly considerate and kind.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore it is important that you are able to recognise the signs which may indicate possible abuse, harm or neglect in its different forms and know what to do if there are any concerns. All colleagues are required to attend safeguarding training appropriate to their role and to undertake additional training in associated areas. You also have the ability to seek appropriate advice and report concerns, including escalation if action is not taken.

We’ll provide full training, so it’s a great opportunity to learn something new. In return, you will enjoy access to a huge variety of benefits and services to support your physical and psychological well-being and throughout your career as a Kitchen Assistant we will invest in you and you will enjoy additional support and benefits including:

Weekends only

Hourly rate is s

ubject to experience and qualifications.

Paid Enhanced DBS/PVG

Free uniform

During a shift of eight hours or more a nutritious meal will be available

Company pension scheme

28 days annual leave inclusive of bank holidays

Group life assurance cover

Wagestream - financial wellbeing and flexible access to pay as you need it

Award-winning learning and development and support to achieve qualifications.

GP online - a service providing around the clock GP consultation via an interactive app - available to you and your children under 16

An opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues as part of an outstanding and committed team.

Colleague discounts – Access to over 1600 high street discounts including carefully selected discount partners.

Wellbeing - free of charge access to an independent and confidential Employee Assistance Programme. This gives Colleagues and their family access to 24/7 365 support for a whole range of issues including physical, mental and financial issues

Excellent recognition schemes such as ‘Kindness in Care’ and Long Service Awards

An attractive refer a friend scheme of up to £1000 per referral, depending on the role

We are passionate about ensuring that our current and future Colleagues can be their true selves, and that our workforce represents the communities we serve. We prioritise inclusive working practices and invite applicants from all backgrounds into our HC-One family and

we are committed to providing the quickest possible turnaround from the point of making you a job offer to you starting with us on day one.

#HCOneJobs

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

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Ammanford, Wales, United Kingdom

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What employees say

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do HC One pay kitchen assistants market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    100% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do kitchen assistants at HC One get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    90% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do kitchen assistants at HC One worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    70% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do kitchen assistants at HC One get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    50% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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
  • Shifts can get changed at short notice

    Do HC One managers change kitchen assistants shifts at short notice?

    Some managers change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    40% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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.

Workplace

    Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful for kitchen assistants to work at HC One?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    80% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t recommend their team

    Do kitchen assistants at HC One recommend working with their team?

    Not many people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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 kitchen assistants get enough training when they start at HC One?

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

    How we know this

    50% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and February 2024.

    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 kitchen assistants given support to progress at HC One?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 60% 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 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2022 and February 2024.

    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.

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

    Do kitchen assistants feel well informed about how HC One is doing?

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

    How we know this

    90% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and May 2024.

    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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What HC One employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    Catering for the older generation and talking to them about there life

    Worst thing

    Being understaffed not getting support when asking for it

    4.2

    HC One Chef, May 2024

  • Best thing

    Love the residents, love the care aspect.

    Worst thing

    Very toxic, my young age makes me feel as if I am less valued, manger doesn’t take things seriously, staff are horrible most of the time to myself.

    2.8

    HC One Care assistant, March 2024

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  • Best thing

    Benefits, Training, Staff, Satisfying

    Worst thing

    Stressful, Long Hours, Expected to deal with things that shouldnt happen for pay that doesnt feel fair

    6.0

    HC One Care assistant, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Making a difference to people’s life

    Worst thing

    Other teammates have an fixed way of doing tasks and not open to new ideas

    6.0

    HC One Care assistant, March 2022

  • Best thing

    How rewarding your job is knowing you keep people safe and happy

    Worst thing

    Only knowing shifts 3/4 days in advance.
    Unpaid breaks-even though we don't have time for breaks.

    5.0

    HC One Senior carer, February 2022

  • Best thing

    Job satisfaction - working with clients & meeting their needs well.

    Worst thing

    Stress levels - staffing levels & lack of understanding from higher level staff about how we are required to work

    4.2

    HC One Nursing assistant, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The rewarding sense it gives me, it’s a very rewarding job

    Worst thing

    The short staff, the amount they expect us to do and how quickly they expect us to do it

    4.5

    HC One Healthcare assistant, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Providing compassionate care to vulnerable people.

    Worst thing

    Unsafe staffing levels, we currently don't have enough staff to safely evacuate our residents if a fire broke out.

    4.1

    HC One Night Manager, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Comforting those who are end of life.
    When a resident compliments you.
    Working with a good colleague.

    Worst thing

    Not being acknowledged by management.
    Poor pay.
    Too much back stabbing.

    4.3

    HC One Night carer, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Love what I do. Caring for the elderly is very rewarding.

    Worst thing

    Long shifts. Understaffed. Too much paperwork and cleaning and not enough time to spend with residents. Night shift uninformed when rules changed.

    6.0

    HC One Care assistant, January 2021

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