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General Kitchen Assistant

Job Req ID:  119681
Posting Start Date:  07-May-2021

Gatwick, Surrey, GB, RH6 0PQ

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Advertisement: 


Gatwick Immigration Removal Centre

Perimeter Road, West Sussex, RH6 0PQ

Full Time 38.5 hours

Salary – £19,417.18


We have an exciting opportunity to join the team at Gatwick Immigration Removal Centre as a General Kitchen Assistant. The key purpose of the role is to support the Head Chefs and Chefs and assist in the daily production of food and provide and carry out catering services to the establishment.


Whilst maintaining an exceptionally high standard of food production service and food hygiene you will prepare and cook varied and healthy menus for detainees to include special diets, special day and religious events. You’ll provide hospitality requirements as ordered and assist the catering manager, head chef & catering supervisor in all aspects of running the kitchen.


You will keep preparation and work areas in a clean and hygienic condition as all times and the thorough cleaning of these areas, including equipment after each service and observe all statutory health and hygiene regulations. You will need good oral and written skills to report any hazards you may encounter in your place of work and complete incident reports, intelligence reports, Use of Force paperwork and accident report.


What do you need to do in the role?


  • Experience of working in a high-pressured catering operation and within tight deadlines.
  • Basic computer
  • Literacy and Numeracy Level 2
  • Awareness of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Awareness of Allergen Control within Catering


What else do I need to know?


  • This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.
  • Please note these vacancies are subject to a 5-year checkable history + Vetting and referencing


Why Serco?


Meaningful and vital work: Gatwick IRC is focused on decency and respect in all aspects of care for residents, which is delivered at a critical time in their lives. Detention Custody Officers are at the centre of this.


A world of opportunity: Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


Great peopleAs well as care for residents we also care for and support one another. We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed with ongoing training development


What we offer 

  • Salary - Dependent on hours worked
  • Serco Benefits package
  • Pension – 6%
  • Subsidised meals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A role with a purpose
  • Genuine opportunity for career development
  • A chance to really make a difference to people lives
  • 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. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports 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).

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