Officers at Dundee City Council’s Trading Standards need the help of carefully selected 15-17 year old volunteers to test purchase tobacco products from a variety of retail premises in Dundee.

The operation will take part over the course of a day where you will enter retail premises and attempt to purchase a tobacco or vaping product. The volunteer will be trained to carry out the purchase and you will never be expected to lie to get a sale.

The aim of the project is to identify traders who are selling tobacco or vapour products to underage people so we can take action to prevent crime and protect the health and wellbeing of young people.

Organisation aims and objectives

The aim of the Trading Standards service is to ensure a fair and safe trading environment within Dundee and to protect the interests of local consumers and businesses. Trading Standards is responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation.










An operation will take place over one day. 10:30-17:00 approx. If volunteer is willing and still meets the age requirement, they can participate in the subsequent test purchasing operation.


Age restrictions apply as the individual must be under the legal age to purchase tobacco or Nicotine Vapour Products.
Experience required: Interest in law or law enforcement. Interest in health and wellbeing. No experience required. No particular skills are required.
Travel details: The operation will take place within the Dundee area. The volunteer can be collected and dropped off from a location of their choice to prevent any travel expenses
Minimum age: 15
Maximum age: 17


Training details: Full training will be carried out on the day to ensure the volunteer is comfortable with the procedure that will take place. They will be promoted what to say and this will be practiced before entering any premises until they are comfortable.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 6 days ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.