Job Details

Job Title:                Kitchen Assistant

Location:                Wetheringsett Manor School, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Salary:                    £10.00 per hour

Hours:                    Bank - 2 full days/ week needed

Contract:                Bank 

Can you enrich the lives of young people as a Kitchen Assistant?

We are looking for a responsible, caring Kitchen Assistant to join our fantastic team at Wetheringsett Manor School, in Stowmarket, Suffolk. As Kitchen Assistant, you will help support our children and young people in their daily lives, ensuring they are well fed, comfortable, and healthy.

This is a great opportunity to work as part of a team committed to helping children with varied and complex needs. You will work alongside our Catering Manager to prepare and serve meals to our pupils and our team.

Our Catering Assistants carry out an essential and role to provide meals required by the children and young people in our care. You will take pride in maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area and prepare the dining hall before and after serving. For many of our children consistency is key and our Catering Assistants take time to make sure everything is as it should be for a smooth lunchtime service.

When it comes to looking after our children, we never settle for second best. We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant, who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Previous experience in a similar setting would be great but isn’t essential as full training will be given, and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. This role is ideal for people working in customer facing industries including retail, hospitality, and leisure, looking for a new role that makes a real difference to children’s lives and futures.

You will be quality focused, efficient, able to work at pace and motivated to help us provide a safe, caring environment where every child can thrive.

About us:

Wetheringsett Manor School is a new independent day SEMH School for up to 42 pupils aged 11-18. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

Wetheringsett Manor School site is currently going through significant refurbishment and is based in Suffolk, East Anglia. The Manor House is located in 17 acres of parkland with wooded boundaries and sits on the edge of the village of Wetheringsett. The accommodation also provides several other buildings including a converted stable block, a cottage and two industrial units.

Acorn Education & Care is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable children and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join us?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference

Application process & dates

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Acorn Education and Care is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS.