Cook (COLL)

Closing on: May 31, 2024
Position: Cook
Contract Type: Permanent
Job Location: Hive College
Term Time: Term Time only

Hours of Work: 32.5 hours per week (5 Days) TTO (39 weeks)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary including allowances: Grade 3 £25,119 + £1,628 SEN allowance (Actual salary £19,555.76 + £1,267.44 SEN allowance)

Start date of role: ASAP

Enhanced DBS Check Required: Yes

The Hive College is based in Erdington, Birmingham and is a Specialist Further Education College for learners aged 19-25 years with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.  In November 2023 we were graded Outstanding following an Ofsted Inspection.

We constantly strive for excellence, seeking innovative and collaborative ways of delivering the curriculum.  As part of our on-going development of a highly successful specialist college, we have a vacancy for a Cook to join our team of professional and dedicated people.

The college is a very happy and positive working environment.  All staff are friendly and very supportive, we have excellent facilities and a superb environment to support teaching and learning and prepare our students for adulthood.

The right candidate will have:

  • A recognised qualification at NVQ level 3 or above in catering, or experience working in a kitchen
  • Level 3 Food Hygiene Certificate
  • The ability to prepare food that effectively caters for the complex dietary needs of our students and also addresses their preferences for certain types of food prepared in specific ways, for example blended food.
  • Skills that can play a key part in supporting families by trying to widen the diet and food preferences of our students and support the development of healthy lifestyles.
  • The ability to operate within a pre-determined budget regarding ordering the food required for our kitchen and cooking lessons.
  • Supervisory skills to enable them to direct the General Assistants and Lunchtime Supervisors.

Informal conversations are warmly welcomed. If you would like to arrange an informal visit please email

We can offer:

  • A collaborative and inclusive culture.
  • A committed, hardworking team who strive to provide the best education for all students.
  • Comprehensive induction and probation support and regular opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • We offer 10 staff training days across the academic year; one or two of these days may be aggregated, which means you complete training outside of normal working hours in twilight sessions.
  • Employee Assistance Programme via BHSF – free totally confidential support.
  • Access to discounts and offers via BHSF.
  • Access to a generous pension scheme known as the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for support staff or Teachers Pension Scheme for Teachers.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for support staff based on length of service, starting at 29 days pro-rata, rising to 32 at 5 years’ plus service and 34 following 10 years’ plus service.
  • Onsite parking at all sites.
  • We are the only Trust to provide SEN Allowances to ALL roles who work with students, including Teachers, TA’s, Care Assistants, Pastoral Care, Guides, Drivers.

If you are determined, ambitious, hardworking and you meet our requirements, then we would love to hear from you.

The trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and expect all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including an enhanced DBS, Childcare Disqualification (where applicable), qualifications, medical fitness, identity and right to work. All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. An online search (and a prohibition check for teachers) will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.    

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This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement of the role. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020, which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. 

Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide: 

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Please note contracts of employment will be with Education Impact Academy Trust not Birmingham City Council.

How to apply:

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Closing Date: Friday 31 May 2024

Interview Date: W/C 10 June 2024 If you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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