A kitchenhand's job can be very stressful, especially during peak periods. Kitchenhands are generally required to work shifts, and may be required to work shiftwork, and weekends and public holidays. Normal hours are 38 hours per week. Kitchenhands usually need to stand for most of the working day and kitchens can be hot and humid. Turnover in this occupation is high.
Kitchenhands can expect to earn approximately $725.00 per week.
Kitchenhands need to be proficient with knives and other kitchen equipment. They may also need to use large commercial dishwashing machines.
You can work as a kitchen hand without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
However, you could also complete a traineeship in Hospitality (Catering Operations). As a trainee you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally-recognised qualification. Entry requirements may vary although employers generally prefer at least Year 10. Visit the ApprentiCentre to find out more. If you are still at school you may be able to access a traineeship through your school. Your attendance at school, work and the registered training organisation is usually negotiated between you, your school and employer.
Talk to your school's VET Coordinator to discuss possibly starting your training now through VET in Schools.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.