Working for HCL

At HCL our staff are our greatest asset. If you have enthusiasm and want to work in our kitchens, we will work with you to get you where you need to be. We provide opportunities and support to all employees to learn, develop and progress, giving you that perfect work life balance. HCL values equality and diversity, providing opportunities for all staff to enjoy work success and reach their potential.

Making a difference

Why should I work for HCL?

HCL is a great place to work! In our last Staff Survey 95% of our staff said they believe their job makes a difference to the children, students or customers that we feed and 79% said that they would recommend HCL as a good company to work for. We continuously work with staff to improve their experience of working at HCL, including through HIVE (our newly launched Diversity & Inclusion Group). So, as well as providing you with an enjoyable and rewarding job, we also offer:

  • Competitive pay, holiday allowance and Pension scheme
  • Family friendly hours and term time working for all our kitchen roles
  • A well trodden Career Path, with training opportunities to enhance your skills
  • Benefits and discounts through our Herts Rewards package

Apply for our roles online, here at https://vacancies.hcl.co.uk. If you have difficulties applying please contact us at HCL.Recruitment@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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Developing your skills

Career Progression

HCL are committed to providing all staff with every opportunity to pursue their own personal development and future career within HCL. Our career path map shows how you can progress your career from General Catering Assistant to Senior Contract Manager.

General Catering Assistant (GCA)

Primary & Secondary Schools and Commercial Units - preparing food, serving customers and cleaning/washing up

Assistant Cook

Primary Schools - preparing, cooking and serving meals, supporting Cook Manager to run the kitchen

Cook

Secondary Schools and Commercial Units - preparing, cooking and serving meals, supporting Chef Manager

Assistant Cook Manager

Large Primary Schools – preparing, cooking and serving meals, deputising for Cook Manager

Assistant Chef Manager

Secondary Schools and Commercial Units - preparing, cooking and serving meals, deputising for Chef Manager

Cook Manager

Primary Schools - preparing, cooking and serving meals, managing the team and running the service in your School

Mobile Cook Manager

Primary Schools within an Area - preparing, cooking and serving meals, managing the team and running the service, where there are staff shortages

Chef Manager

Chef Manager – Secondary Schools and Commercial Units - preparing, cooking and serving meals, managing the team and running the service in your School/Unit

Mobile Chef Manager

Secondary Schools and Commercial Units - preparing, cooking and serving meals, managing the team and running the service, where there are staff shortages

Contract Supervisor

Working within an Area of Schools/Units - troubleshooting problems, support the Contract Manager in managing the staff and service and run kitchens when required

Trainee Contract Manager

Working within a small number of Schools/Units in an Area – managing staff and ensuring service delivery within a budget and client satisfaction

Contract Manager

Working in an Area of Schools/Units – managing staff, ensuring service delivery within a budget and client satisfaction

Senior Contract Manager

Leading a Region of 3/4 Areas of Schools/Units – directing Area staff, setting standards for service delivery, increasing turnover and ensuring client satisfaction

Career Map PDF

“As an Organisation, HCL understands the importance for individuals to have opportunities for developing skills to meet their potential in roles delivering job satisfaction”.

Ian Hamilton, Chief Executive