School Catering Workforce Development Guidance on How to Use the Professional Standards
06/07/2016 - 14:45

With their launch at the LACA Conference in July 2015, we now have a set of aspirational Professional Standards for a range of job roles, all crucial in the delivery of quality, nutritious school food to 4.6 million children each day:

• Head of kitchen (Catering Manager / Head Chef)
• School Cook
• Assistant Cook
• General Kitchen / Catering Assistant
• Midday Supervisor

The Professional Standards for the school catering workforce clearly define the professional requirements that underpin the delivery of quality school food and help to create a consistent standard for the industry.

They say exactly what employers agree are the ‘knowledge’, ‘skills’ and ‘behaviours’ that an individual needs to achieve the best industry standard of performance in their job role. They are a way for all front and back of house catering staff to see HOW they are doing in relation to what they know CAN be achieved.

By supporting schools and catering providers to develop a committed and skilled workforce, the Professional Standards will help to engage and motivate employees, raise morale and improve the profile and image of the school food sector. They are purposefully designed to sit alongside, but not replace, in- house training, apprenticeships and qualifications.

A recognition scheme is now available for those using the professional standards. This was launched at The Main event on July 6th 2016.

A certificate & a place on the LACA Roll of honour will be given recognising the commitment of those employers/organisations/schools/individuals who sign up.

All you have to do is fill in the form available on the LACA web site and tell us "Why you are in".

Details of where to return the form are on the form.

View the pdf below on How to use Professional Standards.

If you would like to know more about the professfional standards or the recognition scheme please contact or or call 0333 0050226.