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Kitchen Assistant
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/22/10787
  • Published: Fri 29/07/2022, 14:58 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 30/08/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 15 hours per week
  • Salary: £18,333 - £18,516 per annum pro rata (plus weekend and enhancements)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Westlands Residential Home, Duncombe Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

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Kitchen Assistant

Team: Westlands Residential Home

Job Family: Supporting  - CBG2

Salary: £18,333 - £18,516 per annum pro rata (plus weekend and enhancements)

Hourly Rate: From £9.51 per hour

Hours: Part-time - 15 hours per week 

Location: Westlands Residential Home, Leighton Buzzard

Contract Type: Permanent - Fixed

Closing Date: August 30th 2022

Interviews: September 2nd 2022

About us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

This is a great time to join us on our journey.

About the role:

At Westlands we want every resident in our care home to participate and enjoy a good meal and have a good mealtime experience. By giving older people a good quality of life and a nutritious and wholesome meal we're making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live for all. As a Kitchen Assistant  you will be working directly with our residents in Leighton Buzzard and you'll find your greatness as you make sure vulnerable people are safe, well fed and happy.

This is an important  supporting role for which you will receive our full support, including full training and induction. Your main task will be to  residents in the dinning room during meal times and ensuring  the utensils are clean.  Setting the table and creating a good ambiance is something our residents all look forward to.   This will give you an opportunity to show kindness while making simple nutritious and attractive snacks for our residents.  Every resident is different, and you will need to respect their individuality. We are all about creating a friendly, supportive environment - one where independence is promoted and the residents are free to make their own choices.

Ideally, you will have worked with elderly people before, including those with Dementia and physical disabilities. However, we are interested in people with a naturally caring attitude, with a passion to serve, who is honest and holds a strong level of humility.

Join us, and you will have an opportunity to build your skills with high quality training. Even better, you will find your greatness by preparing food for people and enhancing their well-being and quality of life.

You’ll find your greatness in this rewarding role – delivering results that have a positive outcome.

What we can offer you

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

  • Generous family friendly policies and practices
  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
  • Staff network and support groups
  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service (per annum pro rata)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Anna-Maria Johnson-Brown at or call 0300 300 4207

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.

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