Kitchen porter

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Kitchen hand, kitchen attendant

Kitchen porters clean, wash up and prepare food to keep hotel, restaurant and hospital kitchens running smoothly.

Salary range: £13,000 to £18,000

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How to become a kitchen porter

You can get into this job through:

  • college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

There are no set requirements, but it might help if you take a college course in cookery or hospitality like:

  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
  • Level 1 Certificate in General Cookery
  • Level 1 Certificate in General Hospitality

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set requirements, though some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) in English and maths.

Experience of working in a kitchen would be useful but is not essential.

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a kitchen porter from the Hospitality Guild and CareerScope.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • unloading deliveries
  • organising the storeroom
  • collecting and washing pots, pans, plates and cutlery
  • getting pots, pans plates and cutlery back into use quickly
  • washing and disinfecting kitchen appliances, work surfaces, floors and walls
  • making sure kitchen equipment is properly stored
  • removing and recycling waste from the kitchen

Working environment

You could work at a restaurant.

Your working environment may be hot and humid.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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Career path and progression

With experience and training you could progress to kitchen assistant or chef.