Workforce Development

Actions in the School Food Plan

The Action:

Bring school cooks closer to the rest of the catering sector and improve the skills & morale of the workforce

Supporting our heroic workforce to further improve morale and professionalism

Our school food workforce (bigger than the Royal Navy) faces a tall order every day: how to serve great quality, healthy meals to discerning customers, all on a tight budget and demanding timescales. This they do admirably, and to help further, the School Food Plan set out to support our heroic workforce to further improve morale and professionalism. Specifically, the School Food Plan agreed that we needed to ‘create a set of professional standards that detailed the levels of required competence or responsibility and the expected skill set of school catering staff in different roles’.

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

You can find out more and download the professional standards on the LACA website.

Workforce Standards front page NSMW house of commons