Work with us

We employ enthusiastic and customer-focused team members who want to make a difference. Our vacancies span roles across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, both full-time and part-time, and offer an attractive work-life balance.

We help ensure that primary, secondary or special educational needs pupils are eating a healthy and nutritious meal each day.

You could play a part in this.

Staff member Emma McGlennon
Staff member Mel
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Staff member Sue
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Rooted in diversity and respect

Respect and encouragement go without saying: we value all our colleagues’ potential regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and different abilities. Mutual trust and fairness are our principles.

Read more about how we’re an inclusive employer.

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Welcoming in fresh talent

We offer term-time, casual and part-time roles with regular hours that fit around a work-life balance. And as part of Hampshire County Council, you will have access to a range of other benefits.

  • Training opportunities
  • Free uniform
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Free access to Hampshire County Council employee health and wellbeing information service Health Assured
  • Hampshire Council Council employee benefits which include discounts on days out, motoring, holidays, retail, finance, general lifestyle benefits and much more.
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Support when you need it from Health Assured

As an employee of Hampshire County Council, you have access to free, confidential and impartial Employee Support, provided by Health Assured. You can either call them or download the app onto your phone to access a range of support on topics including mental health, managing your finances, legal advice and many more, whether they are work related or personal.

The Health Assured mobile app “My Healthy advantage” provides an enhanced set of wellbeing tools and engaging features including:

  • Weekly mood tracker - tracks your weekly moods in relation to physical, financial and general wellbeing
  • Four-weekly plans providing support to help you quit smoking, lose weight and many more
  • Mini health checks
  • Personalisation – you can select topics to populate newsfeed based on your interests
  • Support – contact a counsellor for in the moment support via the chat function and live video chat with a counsellor
  • Meditation Zone: Combat stress, anxiety and more with mindful meditations
  • Sleep Zone: Relax your body and mind with dreamy sleep stories, meditations, and soundscapes.

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Wider opportunities

We strive to make our business a great place to work and we reward colleagues that go over and above. As part of Hampshire County Council, the door is open to additional learning and support networks as well as added benefits.

HC3S Catering Stars - we celebrate and value our workforce

We offer a recognition scheme for colleagues that go over and above. They bring people together and motivate them too. Our Catering Stars awards is a scheme where any HC3S colleague can nominate another for their outstanding work and contribution to Team HC3S. Three times a year we select the best nominations within each category with the winners receiving a prize. There’s even a ‘green’ award for sustainability! Prizes can be used to purchase goods and services from major retailers, so you have the choice over what you want.

Find out more about our awards

Joint goals with a joint purpose

We want our colleagues to be happy and engaged. This will lead to higher performance and better productivity that benefits us all. So, everyone has access to training for personal growth and professional acceleration. Colleagues are supported to achieve their objectives and understanding of HC3S’ purpose and values.

Grow our own

We want HC3S to be a fulfilling environment offering exciting opportunities and careers that don’t stand still. So, whether you are starting at the grass roots, the sky’s the limit. There are opportunities to work in a variety of schools as a mobile, rather than one, supervise a team or move into management. Many of our colleagues have remained with us for years.

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About our roles

We regularly recruit these roles.

Chef/unit manager - Lakhwinder

Staff member Lakhwinder

When I serve the children, it makes me really happy. When they say thank you it’s very lovely.

Unit Manager - Jo  

Staff member Jo Petch

Seeing the kids similes every single days makes the job so worthwhile. It fits perfectly around my children and I’m able to have a home life and a work life but they moulded really well together.

Catering Assistant - Emma

Staff member Emma Kemp

I enjoy working in a team. It’s a nice way of helping each other out and doing the job well. I love seeing all the children’s happy faces and no two days are the same as there is loads of variety in the job.

Unit Manager – Michael

Staff member Michael

Since I’ve been here everything has been great and it’s fitted into what I wanted.

Mobile Unit Manager – Sarah

Staff member Sarah Mock

Sarah started as a catering assistant and is now a mobile unit manager looking after a group of schools in the same area.

I started as a catering assistant and learnt everything I could from the cook so I could progress and move up to a unit manger role in a small school. I wanted to move to a bigger school but decided that I would like the variety of the mobile unit manager position working in lots of different teams within different schools.  I enjoy working more closely with my District Manager and now my son is older, I can concentrate on progressing my career.