Counter service assistantJob Description:
Counter service assistants greet, serve and take payment from customers buying food and drink.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you will:
- welcome customers and take their food and drink orders
- handle raw and cooked food following food hygiene rules
- set up and keep all eating and serving areas clean and tidy
- bring food and drink to the table or take-away point
- give advice about food content and menu choices and
- make sure customers have everything they need
- work quickly and accurately to maximise sales
- hand over or close down a clean and safe restaurant service area at the end of shift
- operate a till and vending machines
- handle customer enquiries and complaints
- knowledge of food production methods
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a counter service assistant, which typically involves working in various customer service roles, you don’t typically need specific GCSE subjects. However, having a strong foundation in certain subjects and skills can be advantageous in this field, such as:
- English Language: Good communication skills are essential in customer service roles, as you will interact with customers, answer questions, and provide information.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for handling cash transactions, making change, and calculating prices or discounts.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with computer systems and software can be valuable for processing orders, using point-of-sale (POS) systems, and managing digital records.
- Customer Service: While not a specific GCSE subject, having a natural aptitude for customer service, including being friendly, patient, and attentive, is crucial for success in this field.
- Foreign Languages: If you live in an area with a diverse population or anticipate working in a multicultural environment, knowing a foreign language can be an asset, as it can help you communicate with a broader range of customers.
- Business Studies: If your school offers business studies as a GCSE subject, taking it can provide you with a basic understanding of business principles and customer service concepts.
- Hospitality and Catering: If available, this subject can introduce you to the fundamentals of working in the food service industry, including food safety and hygiene practices.
It’s worth noting that while GCSE subjects can provide a foundation of knowledge and skills, many employers in customer service roles prioritize qualities such as good communication, a positive attitude, the ability to work well with a team, and a strong work ethic.
Practical experience, part-time jobs, and internships in customer-facing roles can also be highly beneficial for gaining relevant skills and demonstrating your commitment to a career in customer service.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a UK course like a Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service or Hospitality and Catering.
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in customer service or one as a hospitality team member.
You could apply directly for jobs. Some employers may expect you to have experience in customer service, catering or hospitality work.
You could start with a weekend or temporary job to build up your skills.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could typically work 40-42 hours a week – evenings / weekends / bank holidays on split shifts. You could work at a store or at a restaurant.
Your working environment may be hot and noisy.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager.