A cook working in a kitchen

Expected to earn

The starting pay for a kitchen assistant is £10.42 per hour, but this can increase as you take on more responsibility.
A cook or chef may make between £12.00 and £13.00 per hour.

Skills and values

There are a range of skills and values that are needed to work in care. These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Ability to follow policy and procedure

Entry requirements

You may need previous catering experience and Food Hygiene Certificates. Full training is provided; having the right values is key. If you are caring and compassionate with good communication skills, a cook in social care could be for you.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

Volunteering or work experience
Care Assistant

Opportunities to develop

Your employer will provide an induction including necessary training such as health and safety and food hygiene. You might also receive specific social care training such as Infection Control or Dementia awareness. You could also do vocational qualification such as the Certificate in Food Hygiene or undertake Continuing Professional Development.

What's next

More experience and/or greater responsibility in either a cook/chef role or in a different area of social care.
A qualification in your chosen field of study.

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