Underage products test purchaser

About the opportunity

Trading Standards is responsible for the law in relation to the sale of age restricted products, such as cigarettes, alcohol and fireworks.

We need volunteers aged 16 to 16 and a half years old to help Hampshire Trading Standards Officers enforce the law on underage sales.  

There are rigorous Home Office guidelines in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our volunteers and we take every step to ensure these are followed. 

We will not ask you to visit any premises or areas where you are likely to be known, such as near your home or school.

Tasks and duties

As a volunteer you will help our investigations by going into shops and trying to buy age restricted products. You will be accompanied by a Trading Standards Officer at all times to keep you are safe.



A certificate that can be used for Record of Achievement/Citizenship portfolios is also provided. Some volunteers have used it as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Who we are looking for

You will

  • aged 16 to 16 and a half years old
  • confident in visiting shops and making purchases
  • understand and respect for the law in relation to age restricted products
  • understand the impact buying age restricted products can have on young people and local communities

How to apply

Contact Trading Standards on 01962 833620 or [email protected].

Please ensure you have your parents/carers consent to contact us, alternatively we are happy to talk directly to a parent/carer.