We're a motivated, modern management team, well versed in managing cost pressures, whilst striving for service improvement.
Our managers have a variety of diverse, but congruent, qualifications, skills, and experience, including professional cookery, human nutrition, health and safety, management, finance, procurement and marketing.
Recruitment and retention
We apply consistent methods of advertising, selection and recruitment, in line with council policy, and positively encourage applications from minority groups.
By positively promoting staff development policies and the application of national and local conditions of service, we aim to encourage employees to fulfil their potential and take an active part in the continuing development of the service.
It's our intention to retain the services of our employees through staff development and to promote and encourage employees (through equality of opportunity), to maximise their contribution within the service and the school they work in.
We recruit catering staff in line with the council's recruitment and selection procedure to fill vacancies as they occur. Headteachers will be invited to take part in the selection of all head of kitchen posts and interviews will usually take place at the school site.
DBS check and disqualification declaration
We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expect all employees to share this commitment.
Because we work in schools, all our employees must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We recognise the importance of such checks and will work with schools to ensure every possible precaution is taken in relation to vetting of staff working on site.
Disqualification declaration is currently not required for school catering employee roles.
DBS checks are repeated every three years to ensure updated security is in place. Our management team undergo the council's recruitment and selection training, which provides clear guidance to ensure the process promotes equality of opportunity and is free from discrimination.
Staff training and development
To achieve service excellence, we have high standards in terms of staff knowledge, skills attitude and motivation.
We're committed to:
- effective staff selection
- vigorous, comprehensive and relevant training
- implementation of effective quality control measures
- forward thinking, responsive management team.
Our staff training and development policy sets out the required qualifications and training for employees, to make sure that all our staff have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to continually meet legislative requirements and the needs of the service.
All our staff receive appropriate induction and undergo a training needs assessment to identify their training and development requirements, which are then included in a personal training plan. Training records are maintained for all employees.
In addition, employees undergo an annual performance and development review (PDR) to determine any ongoing training and support necessary to help them achieve personal and service goals.