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Kickstart vacancies in the Forest of Dean

With almost 200 vacancies across the county, you're sure to find your perfect Kickstart role through Gloucestershire College.

  • Paid 6-month placements with Gloucestershire's best businesses
  • For 16 to 24-year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit
  • Full support and free training by GC

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Food and Packing Operations Assistant x 1

Cinderhill Farm

Working in our busy packing room, you will join Cinderhill Farm's hardworking and friendly team delivering our award-winning sausage rolls and foggies (a type of pasty) which are sold across the UK to gastro pubs, delis, supermarkets and service stations. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong team player to make a valuable start to their career in food manufacturing and operations by working with us at our eco-farm in the Forest of Dean.

Kitchen Assistant x 1

Cinderhill Farm

The successful applicant for this job can expect to receive full training in all aspects of the food manufacturing process as part of their Kickstarter placement. The trainee will become proficient and familiar with the kitchen equipment during their time working with us, making this an excellent opportunity to learn how catering and food manufacturing businesses work. In addition, the applicant will gain training and become proficient in catering skills, personal hygiene for working with food, facility and equipment cleaning, store and site management.

Marketing Associate x 1 (home-based)

Lighthouse Sustainability

Support with marketing, including social media on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Opportunity to learn platforms including Hootsuite; Miro; Asana; Mailchimp. Writing and editing social media and blog posts. Cleansing and managing the customer database. Market research relevant to day-to-day work. Support and administration of online training courses including formatting PPT or other presentation packages, use of images, design of presentations.

Reading Partner x 3

Newnham St Peter's C of E School

Training will be provided to deliver the school’s key reading strategies. During the day you will provide continuous and systematic reading opportunities for individual children and small groups of pupils. You will consult frequently with the classroom teachers on matters relating to reading instruction. The school’s Reading Leader will provide you with ongoing support and training. You will be required to carry out and maintain routine filing or other record keeping requirements associated with classroom pupil records as well as individual assessments. There will be opportunities to work with staff in school to develop a wider love of reading by sharing books with children. You will assist teaching staff or teaching assistants where required, to meet the welfare or personal needs of pupils.

Play Partner x 1

Newnham of St Peter's C of E School

In this role you will provide valuable support to the teaching staff; working with others to delivered play opportunities. Some of these will be based in the school’s forest school area. You will also be able to work with the midday supervisors, leading playground games. During wrap around care you will be part of a small team providing children with free play activities as well as arts and craft and board games. The nature of the work will normally be well defined but there will be opportunities for you to be creative an input on activities.

Groundsperson x 1

Newnham of St Peter's C of E School

Jobs will include maintaining outside areas, weeding, hedge trimming, strimming, maintaining allotment spaces, clearing paths and playground areas. low level maintenance such as fence painting. There will be opportunities to further develop the school’s outdoor areas with a focusing improving the natural environment around the school and giving children further opportunities to explore nature.

Pizza Chef Assistant x 1

Pepper's Perfect Pizza

You will learn how to light and cook with a woodfired pizza oven, learn about ingredients, recipes and the pizza making process, including making dough in volume. You should be willing to manage food prep and cleaning without supervision. Learn how to manage marketing using digital and traditional methods. You would be required to be flexible and willing to work some Friday and Saturday evenings, finishing at 8.30pm. NCASS training materials would be available as part of your training programme.

Business Administrator and Marketing Assistant x 1

Perrygrove Railway

The Business Administrator and Marketing Assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day admin function within the company. They will be the first point of call for customer enquiries, incoming phone calls, trade calls, and ticketing queries. They will conduct market research and carry out studies with our customers to better understand their needs and backgrounds. This will in turn lead to placing more targeting advertising and managing our ongoing advertising campaigns on social media and appropriate websites.

Grounds Maintenance Assistant x 1

Perrygrove Railway

The Grounds Maintenance Assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day appearance of the site at Perrygrove Railway. This will include grass cutting, hedge cutting, leaf blowing, strimming, weeding, planting, tree trimming etc.

Shop Assistant x 2

The Recycling Shop

Your key responsibilities will be to work on the shop floor, taking in and sorting donations, using the till, putting stock out on display and greeting customers and helping them with requests for assistance. Other duties will include some cleaning and washing up in rota form.


Trainee Chef x 1

The Speech House Hotel

To keep the Head Chef fully informed of matters which may affect the day-to-day management and/or running of the business. To ensure all statutory regulations pertaining to the safety and hygiene operation of the kitchens and ancillary areas are adhered to by all members of staff and visitors. To effectively deal with deliveries and stock rotation. To be keen to learn how to prepare, cook and present a variety of dishes to the highest standard. To exercise strict portion and wastage control in order to maintain profit margins. To undertake kitchen assistant shifts as and when required. To use stock in strict rotation. To ensure that all food produced excels in quality standards and meets all customer expectations. To ensure all legislative requirements are met at all times including, but not limited to, the health and safety and welfare of people and food safety requirements.

Gardener x 1

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

To ensure the gardens and grounds are neat and tidy. To mow the lawns weekly as needed. To establish and maintain the gardens and vegetable plot. To work with the hotel manager to plan and maintain the hotel gardens. To provide a courteous service to guests.

Housekeeping Assistant x 1

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

To clean bedrooms and bathrooms to the prescribed standards. To clean all communal areas as detailed. To replenish all in-room products as and when necessary.

Trainee Chef x 1

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

To assist in basic kitchen preparation including peeling and slicing of potatoes, preparing vegetables and salads etc. To assist in the preparation of all dishes during service. Ensuring fridges / freezers are cleaned and stocked as necessary and take appropriate temperatures. To clean kitchen preparation areas, including work tops, floors, tiles and equipment using the prescribed detergents.

Food and Beverage Assistant x 1

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

To provide a service to customers using the restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner service, ensuring that the prescribed procedures are adhered to and standards of service maintained to the highest levels. To prepare the restaurants for service, including laying pre and post service, cutlery polishing and cleaning. To cover reception duties as required, including check in/out, reservations and billing. Ensure that all food and beverage areas are cleaned to the highest standards. To assist with the health and safety duties.

Kitchen Assistant x 1

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

To assist in basic kitchen preparation including peeling and slicing of potatoes, preparing vegetables and salads etc. To carry out other kitchen preparation duties as required
To be available for training as required. Ensuring fridges / freezers are cleaned and stocked as necessary. To clean kitchen preparation areas, including work tops, floors, tiles and equipment using the prescribed detergents. To deep clean kitchen on a regular basis, including dishwasher, extracts, oven & grill.


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