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Job Summary: Assistant Cook T&C's: Assistant Cook - Plean Dene
Assistant Cook (ref 50035322)

Plean Dene, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Grade 4 £13,940.88 to £14,219.70 per annum (actual salary)

Vacancy Reference: 50035322

Closing Date: 30/09/2022

Contracted Weekly Hours: 26.25 hrs per week
Contract Type:  Permanent

Are you a whizz in the kitchen? Able to create nutritious and delicious meals for a wide variety of dietary needs?

We are looking to appoint a positive, committed person to work in our kitchen at Plean Dene one of our ‘authority-run’ homes for adults with a learning disability and ‘Behaviours that Challenge’.

We home up to 12 residents at any given time, so you’ll be able to really explore menu creation to ensure everyone looks forward to delicious home cooked meals each day.

PLUS: No more anti-social chef / hospitality hours! We are looking for someone to join us on a part-time basis for day shifts with no late finishes and every other weekend free!

You’ll be working on a 4-week rolling-rota:

Week 1 & 3     Mon, Thurs & Fri 10:00 am - 17:30pm

Week 2 & 4     Tues, Weds, Sat & Sun 10:00 am - 17:30pm

You’ll be serving lunch and dinner within each shift and supporting with pre-preparation of special diet dinners.

At Plean Dene we provide a high standard of cooking for our residents, so it is important that we hire someone with a passion for healthy eating and the ability to get creative with menus using foods sourced from local suppliers.

Your will play a key role in delivering a high-quality service, which has a person-centred approach and actively supports and maximizes residents' independence and life experience.            

You do not need to be a fully qualified chef to apply, we are keen to see applications from ‘home cooks’ who would like to share their skills with our residents. You will need to have a basic knowledge of Food Hygiene Regulations, but training will be provided.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of literacy and numeracy with a clear commitment to excellence to enable ordering of supplies via online shopping        required for our Residents to enjoy a healthy nutritious diet and to meet all dietary needs of Residents.

You will be well supported and receive regular structured supervision, training and development opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you!

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Christine Grimes, Registered Manager at or call 01983 866015.


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A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing date:  30th September 2022