Day/Night/Bank Residential Workers required.

Closing Date

Cook / Housekeeper (Fosterhill)

Shifts: Day shift - 35 hours a week

Locations: Galston

Job Type: Permanent

Salary Scale £21,530.60 pa

*£500 Welcome Bonus *£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!

About us

Spark of Genius is one of Scotland’s largest residential child care providers. For over 25 years, we have been delivering high quality care to young people who need to be looked after. Spark of Genius is also part of the UK-wide CareTech family who are committed to providing each child with opportunities to have their individual needs met.

In your new role

You will provide a healthy menu and meet dietary needs of young people, working in collaboration with Residential Staff, you will achieve this by:


  • Ensuring that you remain within the budgets set for provisions when buying in the shopping for the Centre.
  • Preparing and cooking a selection of healthy meals on a daily basis
  • Meeting dietary needs of young people on an individual basis
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with young people
  • Recording food temperatures on relevant log sheets
  • Preparing buffets/meals etc at short notice for visitors (social workers/ Local Authorities/ Families)
  • Prepare a range of home baking.


  • Ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Centre, including the kitchen at all times.
  • Liaise with management and staff in relation to daily chores requiring completion
  • Ensure any hazardous material is locked away when not in use
  • Ensure all toilet facilities are cleaned to a high standard as well as ensuring there is enough soap, toilet rolls and hand towels
  • Ensure any maintenance issues are reported to your line manager in a timely manner
  • To carryout deep cleans in the building as required or requested by your line manager

You will ideally have:

  • Previous experience within a culinary role
  • Good communication with colleagues and young people
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Have a flexible approach to work
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of Health and safety requirements surrounding the cooking and preparation of food
  • Food hygiene knowledge


As part of this role, we offer a range of specialist training programmes to support you in your work and invest in your professional development. These include:

  • Fully Paid induction programme
  • Every Second Counts: bespoke training on the role of a residential childcare worker
  • Therapeutic crisis intervention training to assist young people in regulating their emotions when they are in crisis.
  • Child protection training
  • Relax kids training
  • Attachment and trauma training
  • Full suite of e-learning modules available that provide continuous knowledge and development.

In support and recognition of our colleagues who will help us deliver our employer strategy, we offer a fantastic benefits package. This includes;

  • Full Time Contract
  • Competitive Rates of Pay
  • Free PVG check
  • Pension Scheme
  • Free Training
  • Paid Induction
  • *£1000 Recommend A Friend Bonus!
  • *£500 Welcome Bonus

    Due to the nature of the role, it will be necessary for all Residential Childcare Workers to be subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check by Disclosure Scotland and achieve membership of the scheme prior to commencing work with us. CareTech will cover the cost of this check.

    Any data received in applications will be used for recruitment purposes within Spark of Genius and CareTech only.