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We are looking for a catering technician passionate about food preparation and kitchen operations to join our team.

Key facts

  • Part-time, term-time only, permanent
    27.5 hours per week
  • Salary
  • Closing date
    Sunday 4th August 2024
  • Interview date
    Monday 19th August 2024

Unlocking Potential - Transforming Lives - Creating Bright Futures

We are looking for a catering technician passionate about food preparation and kitchen operations to join our team.

They will build strong, positive working relationships with a supportive and collaborative team and professional services that share the goal of providing a meaningful educational experience.

They will have excellent organisational and time-management skills and can prioritise work effectively to meet objectives and deadlines. They will be comfortable with and proactively adapt to rapid changes in educational trends within the sector. They will be able to plan and prioritise their own schedule of work to achieve objectives, have strong IT skills, and be happy to be part of a close-knit team with shared objectives.

Job Overview

The role of Catering Technician will be an integral part of ensuring the delivery of a consistent, high-quality service. The position involves working within college hospitality functions, courses and services as well as the cafes including all aspects of food preparation, food service, kitchen and canteen hygiene and other duties associated with food service operations.

The successful candidate will have experience of ordering, receipting, storage and issuing of catering supplies.

The successful candidate will work within the Catering team to ensure a high level of customer service at all times. To ensure best value at all times and work within tight budget constraints.

All staff are responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

See the Job Description for full details.

Why choose us?

Set within the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of the Lake District, we are an FE college that consistently punches above its weight on the national stage. Under the leadership of our Principal, Kelvin Nash, we are embarking on a series of bold steps to grow the college and remain an excellent education provider for Cumbria and the Northwest region. Our students are focused on their learning, achieve high levels of attainment, and consistently give us high satisfaction ratings. The college recognises the wellbeing of its staff as a priority, as well as ensuring that excellent work is appropriately recognised and that a healthy work-life balance is maintained.

What we offer

  • A friendly and supportive environment
  • Rewarding jobs, working with talented students
  • Great career progression opportunities
  • A generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent pension schemes for all staff
  • 7 efficiency days per year (pro rata) in addition to your hard-earned holiday allocation
  • A college that is committed to developing every student to reach their full potential, irrespective of their ability
  • Excellent CPD opportunities to grow and develop
  • A college that promotes and supports flexible working
  • On-site canteens with locally sourced ingredients
  • Employee Assistant Program
  • Electric car and Cycle to Work scheme
  • A comprehensive staff awards, rewards, and Wellbeing scheme
  • Membership options are available to other discounting/saving providers
  • A full range of hairdressing and beauty therapy treatments
  • Discounts in the college Restaurant
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay
  • Enhance absence Pay

Our vision

We will provide outstanding education and training opportunities that are responsive to the needs of our students and our community. All our actions will help develop our students to deliver positive economic and sustainable environmental change both now and in the future.

Our values

  • Excellence & Ambition
  • Respect & Honesty
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Loyalty & Commitment
  • A Positive Environment

    What we're looking for


    Essential Desirable
    Level 3 Food Safety and Supervising
    English, Maths, and Science at Level 2 (GCSE A* to C or equivalent)


    Essential Desirable
    Relevant industry experience Experience in a College or training organisation
    Experience of working to budgets in purchasing or procurement Supervisory or management experience

    Knowledge & Skills

    Essential Desirable
    Excellent timekeeping Competent user of IT – especially Microsoft Office packages
    Good communication skills with the capacity to build good relationships
    Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative
    Able to maintain accurate records such as orders and HACCP
    Impeccable food and hygiene standards
    Knowledge of current legislation and hygiene regulations

    Applications without the essential requirements will not usually be considered for appointment.


    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and expect all staff to share this commitment. Employment at the college is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check via the Disclosure and Barring Service, and any post in regulated activity will also be subject to an additional barred list check. In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education(KCSIE) guidance, we will conduct online searches about any shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence to identify any matters that might relate directly to our legal obligation to meet safeguarding duties in accordance with KCSIE.

    Right to work

    You may need to obtain permission to work in the UK if you don’t already have the unrestricted right to work in any role. There are various types of visas, which include the right to work. You can check if you need a UK visa using the Government’s online tool and find information about UK visa routes and the eligibility criteria that must be met for each route Work in the UK - GOV.UK ( All staff are required to prove their right to work in the UK before they attend an interview.

    Equality & diversity

    We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community. We strive to ensure that no employee or job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment or employment on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010).


    All adults employed by the college have a responsibility for data protection and have a duty to observe and follow the principles of the GDPR Regulations

    Armed Forces covenant

    We are committed to supporting veterans' integration into civilian life after their loyal service to the Armed Forces. We welcome applications from veterans, and those who meet the essential criteria will be automatically invited for an interview.

    Please note CVs cannot be accepted without a completed application form.