Jersey War Tunnels launches recruitment campaign for retired Islanders


Jersey War Tunnels is looking for retired Islanders who wish to continue working, to join the team at its new 1940s themed tearoom, Vega Café, which opens on Friday 1st March 2019.

In a report released in September 2018 by Age UK, it was reported that 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible and it was predicted that within the next decade, two million people aged 50 and over in England will be lonely. Age UK suggests that creating the right environment and providing holistic, personalised support for all members of society could tackle the issue of loneliness.

Equal opportunities & flexible hours

Jersey War Tunnels is hoping to build up a pool of people, who will all be given full training, who can be called upon to work part time, potentially a couple of half days per week. Jersey War Tunnels is keen to structure its rota in such a way to give those Islanders who might be considered by some as ‘retirement age’ the opportunity to broaden their skill set, meet new people and be part of a committed and friendly team.

The café at Jersey War Tunnels has been refurbished this winter with its new décor, furnishings and general atmosphere delivering a truly authentic 1940s experience. This will enable visitors to the café to enjoy a meal or cup of tea or coffee in period surroundings as part of their visit to Jersey War Tunnels.

Valuing life experience

Operations manager at Jersey War Tunnels, Kathy Bechelet, said: ‘Jersey War Tunnels has always been an inclusive employer providing equal opportunities for all staff – we don’t want age to be a barrier for anyone interested in applying. Currently there are seven members of staff who have been employed at the visitor attraction for a total of almost 120 years between them.  We are also delighted to announce that we have already hired our first recruit, 81-year-old Jean McLaughlin. Jean is extremely knowledgeable about Island life during the war, being the founder of the Jersey Evacuees Association. We are very excited to welcome her to our growing team.’

In 2016, Jean McLaughlin was presented with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to the recognition of evacuees. Mrs McLaughlin said: ‘I see this as a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. I feel that I have a lot to offer and I am very much looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and welcoming visitors to the Vega Café.’

Age Concern President, Sarah Ferguson added: ‘We are delighted to see that the Jersey War Tunnels is encouraging people to continue to make a positive contribution to the community.  We believe that age should be viewed as a gift and not a burden, so it’s great to see businesses like Jersey War Tunnels acknowledging this and making use of the invaluable skills, life experiences and perspectives that our Islanders have.’

Join the team

Jersey War Tunnels is recruiting part-time seasonal waiting staff and a seasonal sous chef. To apply, please email: 

More information about the Vega Café launch will be announced shortly.