Assistant Cooks in Christian Residential Adventure Centre in Scotland
What is Abernethy?
Abernethy is a group of 4 outdoor adventure centres in Scotland, a bunkhouse in Argyll and an additional winter training base in the Swiss Alps. For nearly 50 years, the Abernethy Trust has been providing exceptional residential opportunities for primary schools, high schools, colleges and groups from all over the UK. We are a Christian organisation with a team of over 100 people, some full time and some part time, some here as a gap year and some as a long term career. Our staff team is motivated by their Christian faith and we aim to create the very best experiences for each and every guest, ensuring the best hospitality and customer service possible in some of the most stunning (and occasionally remote) locations in Scotland. Most of our opportunities are on a “live-in” basis and there is a great community atmosphere at our centres.
Accommodation, meals and a salary are provided and there is the option to make use of the centre facilities and to visit the other Abernethy centres.
Located in the heart of rural Perthshire on the south side of Loch Tay with fantastic views across the water, Abernethy Ardeonaig is on the route of the Rob Roy Way, a popular cross-Scotland walking route and has 20 acres of grounds. Abernethy Nethybridge is located in the Spey Valley and part of the Cairngorm National Park in Highland Scotland, 40 minutes from Inverness and near to Loch Morlich, Cairngorm Mountain and the Lecht ski area. Abernethy Forest and Loch Garten are 5 minutes away with ospreys, native wild cats and capercaillie.
Should I apply?
Abernethy's vision is to provide exceptional outdoor adventure experiences where our guests can discover more about themselves, others and God. Abernethy's vision is to provide exceptional outdoor adventure experiences where our guests can discover more about themselves, others and God. The Assistant Cook roles are essential to our ministry: our kitchen teams are crucial for providing quality residential experiences for our guests. We are looking for a hands-on team player who has a good level of initiative. First and foremost, we are looking for people who want to serve God in this kind of outreach, so your Christian Faith will be evident in your life.
You might feel that you are interested in this vacancy but don't yet possess the relevant training, in this instance we would be willing to consider appointing a Trainee Assistant Cook. A key part of this job is shift work and the successful applicant will have the stamina and motivation to work irregular hours as part of an enthusiastic team.
Key Tasks of an Assistant Cook:
To create high quality nutritionally balanced meals for our residential groups and team members
To help supervise, train and work with the team of Gap Years, ensuring high standards of customer service for up to 100 guests at the centre on a daily basis
To deputise for the Cook in their absence and ensure the kitchen runs to the required standard
To ensure that hygienic practices are maintained according to our policies
To carry out administrative tasks in the office as required
Active involvement with ‘Explore' Christian programme
Skills & Qualifications (Essential) – We are looking for someone who is/has:
An aptitude for cooking and previous relevant work experience and training.
An interest in good, healthy, nutritious food
A flexible 'can-do' approach and ability to deliver consistent excellence
Excellent customer service skills
Food Hygiene certificate
Experience and evidence of working as part of a team
Positive Christian role model for both guests and staff
Full-board single accommodation provided, or live-out allowance, and paid annual leave (30 days per annum) (accommodation needs can be discussed at interview)
Opportunity for promotion/career development for the right candidate
Use of Centre facilities including outdoor equipment
Opportunities to take an active role within the life of our local church and Christian youth work
Family discounts on most Abernethy Holidays & Camps
You will be living as part of a Christian community in a beautiful part of Scotland
In the context of a Christian team, who are an intentional faith-based community, it is an Occupational Requirement, in terms of the Equality Act 2010, that this post is filled by a practising Christian.
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