Kitchen hands assist cooks and chefs in preparing and storing food, washing dishes and kitchen utensils, and cleaning work areas.
You can work as a kitchen hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a kitchen hand through a traineeship in Kitchen Operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Kitchen hands may perform the following tasks:
Kitchen hands may be employed on a full-time, part-time, casual or seasonal basis and usually work in shifts. They must be prepared to work irregular hours and stand for long periods. Protective clothing such as overalls, hairnets or gloves may be provided.
Kitchen hands work in hotels, motels, restaurants, cafÃ©s, catering companies, hospitals, takeaway food bars, boarding schools, and factory or office canteens. They mostly work on a part-time or casual basis. There is usually steady demand for experienced kitchen hands due to high staff turnover.