Open to male and female applicants

Open to male and female applicants

Truagh Development Association Ltd. Community Services Programme invites CVs from suitably qualified applicants for the position of ‘Cook’ (19.5 hrs per week) based at the Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Knockconan, Emyvale. Experience working in the catering and/or hospitality sector essential.

A job specification may be:

  1. Emailed or posted to you by emailing or by telephoning Fiona or Mary on (047) 87049 (from Northern Ireland, 00 353 47 87049)

  2. Collected from the office at the Blackwater Community Learning Centre, Ballyoisin, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, Monday to Friday.

Applications are by CV and should be returned to The Chairperson, Truagh Development Association, c/o Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Knockconan, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan by Wednesday, 30th September 2015 by 4.00 pm


Job Title: COOK (19.5 hrs per week)

Reporting to: Manager, Community Services Programme

Job Purpose: Your role as ‘Cook’ is to apply appropriate cookery and bakery skills and experience to meet the catering needs of the Community Services Programme at the Blackwater Valley Learning Centre.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To provide a high degree of cookery knowledge and skills in the preparation and presentation of all foods within the kitchen.

Continually address and implement good food hygiene requirements for food catering operations.

Work effectively with other staff in the team e.g. Assistant Catering Staff.

To support and promote the development of the catering sector within the Community Services Programme.

Team work – To work effectively with Staff and Management of the Community Services Programme to ensure high standards of services is achieved.

Maintain a good working relationship with Staff and Management

Additional – To perform any other reasonable duties as required during working hours and by the Manager.

Job Specification

Qualification and Experience –

Essential Skills:

Excellent experience in catering, bakery and hospitality

Good food management skills in relation to food catering operations

  • Storage, preparation of foods, cooking and serving skills
  • Awareness of temperature control for various foods e.g. fridge/freezer
  • Managing stock deliveries inward and outward

Good workplace Food Safety & Hygiene knowledge

Good Personal Hygiene knowledge

Proven organisational ability e.g. menu planning, forward planning and efficient use of ordering and managing stock including rotation of all food stocks

Knowledge of all Health and Safety measures and potentials risks within the working environment

Expertise in using industrial catering equipment

Good time management

Excellent food presentation skills

Flexible approach to working including evenings and weekends

Good communication skills

Ability to work to own initiative

Adhere to the confidentiality policy of Truagh Development Association Ltd. either, during, or subsequent to the period of employment

A full driver’s licence & access to transport

Desirable Skills: – Qualification in the Catering Field and/or Cookery Certificate

Hold a basic Food Hygiene qualification

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant will be self-motivated and dynamic and have a commitment to Catering and Hospitality within a community setting. You will have a strong commitment to the aims and objectives of Truagh Development Associations’ Community Services Programme.

Health – Candidates shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Terms and Conditions

Salary: €8.65 per hour

Duration of Employment: This is a Part-Time (19.5 hrs per week) permanent contract subject to funding.

Location: Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Ballyosion, Emyvale. 

Personnel Specification

The ‘Cook/Baker’ will be responsible to the Manager of the Community Services Programme (CSP).

S/he must have a commitment to working in a Community Setting and meeting the needs of the Community Services Programme. S/he will need to have a commitment to work flexi hours that suit the needs of the programme. This programme is funded by the Department of Social Protection. An important aspect of the programme is the emphasis on the creation of employment opportunities for specific groups suffering social or economic disadvantage. As a general principle, 70% of workers in CSP-funded posts must be from the following target groups:

  • Persons in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Assistance or one parent family payment.
  • Persons in receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension, blind persons pension or other disability benefit.
  • Travellers in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseekers Assistance or one parent family benefit
  • Stabilised and recovering drug mis-users
  • Ex Prisoners
  • People employed from Community Employment (CE) and Job Initiatives (JI) schemes are deemed eligible. Rural Social Scheme (RSS) workers who are former CE placements are also eligible. CSP funding is not intended to replace existing CE schemes which have a different focus and priority.

Recruitment – Selection shall be by means of a competitive interview. Applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information submitted on their CV.

 Garda Vetting and Child Protection –The successful candidate must be Garda Vetted and will receive Child Protection Training on commencement of position. Blackwater Learning Centre