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Want to join the Ventnor Exchange Team? We’re offering a Kickstart Placement for a Bar & Record Shop Assistant 

The Kickstart scheme is designed for those aged between 16 and 24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of unemployment.

The Government has launched the ‘Kickstart’ scheme to provide new jobs for young people to build up their skills and experience levels, and be a stepping stone into further employment.  The scheme is run by DWP and your local job centre will be able to talk you through the eligibility criteria.

Ventnor Exchange wanted to make the most of this opportunity to train two young people during six month paid placements. We currently have 2 roles open to apply for. To be eligible your local job centre must refer you to us.

Ventnor Exchange welcomes and encourages applications from everyone regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We look forward to receiving your application

Ready to apply?

Email with the title ‘Bar & Record Shop Assistant Application’ in the subject box. Please include a covering letter and a CV. Remember, you need to have been referred for the role by your Work Coach at Job Centre Plus

Job Title: Bar & Record Shop Assistant 

Responsible to: Co-Artistic Directors, Store Manager 

Terms: 25 hours per week. Tuesday -Saturday 8am – 1pm. There is likely to be the opportunity for additional hours if desired.

National Minimum Wage.

Work Address: Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street, PO38 1SW

Purpose of Role: The Bar & Record Shop Assistant will work as part of a small team serving customers in our record shop, alongside drinks (coffee, beer, wine, cocktails) and light bar snacks.

Principle Responsibilities: 

Front of House 

The Bar & Record Shop Assistant is a new role created to support the existing Front of House staff. You will often be the first person our audiences and customers interact with and will need to create a welcoming, friendly environment that everyone can feel comfortable in.

The space combines both a record shop, selling new and used vinyl, with a bar, which has a particular reputation for its craft beer offer. We also sell a range of cocktails and more unusual drinks, coffee/teas and a menu of light snacks.  

You will learn how to make a wide range of drinks to a high standard, as well as how to operate our till, fulfill orders from our online shop and sell tickets using our box office software.

Ventnor Exchange is also a venue and active community space, and the Front of House team need to have a good knowledge of upcoming events and be able to answer audiences’ questions about these.  We often host theatre, music and education groups and the assistant must be aware of these different groups and help to accommodate their needs such as changing the layout of the space.

You will learn about bar responsibilities, keeping the workspace clean and tidy at all times in line with food hygiene standards. You will help ensure the bar and record shop is stocked up with new products and notifying managers of orders that need to be made in good time. You will learn about Licencing Law and responsible bar management.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications


We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about great customer service. This role would be perfect for an individual who enjoys a front of house role and wants to combine this with an interest in music and culture. 

Prior experience in a retail or bar environment is preferable. You must be punctual, trustworthy and well presented as well as confident in a public facing role. You will have an openness and willingness to learn new skills in this specialist bar and record shop.

You might be considering a career in Hospitality, Retail or Venue Operations/Management. 

We are a small, supportive team and we are looking for a naturally collaborative individual who will fit into this setting with ease, humour and confidence. 

You will have an ability to take initiative and be flexible with, and responsive to, an ever-changing work environment.

Deadline for Applications: 13th February 2022

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