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Chef – Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre


Twinwoods Business Park, Milton Ernest MK44 2FQ


Hours – Full time 40 hours

Salary – £ 20,430 + Company Benefits


Here at Serco, we are recruiting for a Chef to join our dedicated catering team at Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre.


This is a key position where you will act as a role model to colleagues, managers, visitors and stakeholders by assisting the Catering Manager in the delivery of catering services to the establishment whilst ensuring Health and Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations are strictly observed and controlled. You will prepare and cook varied and healthy menus for detainees to include special diets, special day and religious events and perform random Quality Checks on serveries.


As Chef you will provide hospitality requirements when ordered by the company and ensure the security and food safety of all foodstuffs are maintained during delivery, storage and distribution. You will complete incident reports, intelligence reports, Use of Force paperwork and accident reports.


What do you need to do in the role?


This role requires good oral and written communication skills and also large-scale catering experience such as armed forces or hospitals. You’ll need experience of working in a high-pressured catering operation and within tight deadlines.


You will also have a basic understanding of risk and conflict management and good problem-solving skills along with the following:


  • City & Guilds 706/1 & 2 or equivalent NVQ or similar in Food preparation and Production
  • Food Safety level 2 or 3
  • Awareness of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Awareness of allergen control within catering
  • Basic computer skills including knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook applications.


What else do I need to know?


  • This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.
  • Please note these vacancies are subject to a 5-year checkable history + Vetting and referencing


Why Serco?


Meaningful and vital work: Yarls Wood IRC is focused on decency and respect in all aspects of care for residents, which is delivered at a critical time in their lives. Detention Custody Officers are at the centre of this.


A world of opportunity: Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


Great peopleAs well as care for residents we also care for and support one another. We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed with ongoing training development


What we offer 


  • Free onsite parking
  • Serco Benefits package
  • Pension – 6%
  • Subsidised meals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A role with a purpose
  • Genuine opportunity for career development
  • A chance to really make a difference to people lives
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion



About Serco


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 




Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team