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Catering Assistant

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Education
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Related Experience
Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

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These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter clerks, construction laborers, and waiters or waitresses.

€18k > 22 
Catering Assistant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 22 
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Data Source(s):
RecruitIreland (2014)

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Catering Assistants serve food and beverages to customers from behind a counter at catering establishments such as cafes and self-service restaurants.


The Work header image

Catering Assistants take orders and operate the cash register. They are also responsible for making sure that the counter areas and tables are kept clean, that there is an adequate supply of cutlery, crockery, glasses and trays available at all times, and that there is sufficient food on display and drinks in the drink machines.  
 
Catering Assistants usually spend some time in the wash-up area, filling the dishwasher and cleaning other kitchen utensils. In the smaller establishments they may be required to prepare all food themselves.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Serve customers in eating places that specialize in fast service and inexpensive carry-out food.

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Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.

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Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers, multicounting machines, or pencil and paper.

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Clean and organize eating, service, and kitchen areas.

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Notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders.

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Communicate with customers regarding orders, comments, and complaints.

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Prepare daily food items, and cook simple foods and beverages, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, or coffee using proper safety precautions and sanitary measures.

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Select food items from serving or storage areas and place them in dishes, on serving trays, or in takeout bags.

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Relay food orders to cooks.

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Prepare and serve cold drinks, or frozen milk drinks or desserts, using drink-dispensing, milkshake, or frozen custard machines.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Catering Assistants need to have out-going friendly personalities. They should be quick on their feet and work well under pressure. Teamwork is very important. Appearance should be smart and good hygiene when handling food is essential.  
 
For working on the till, a certain amount of numeric ability is required.


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Organisation: Fáilte Ireland
  Address: Amiens Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 884 7700
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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