How old do you have to be to work at Subway?

Do you love food? More so, do you love delis? Are you fond of sandwiches, more so, subs? Then this might be the ideal job for you! If you have past experience with working at a deli (making sandwiches in your home not considered, unless it's a work of art!) or would just like to try something new, or are curious, or don't mind handling food everyday, then you can enjoy making subs at Subway.

How old do you have to be to work at Subway?

The most ideal answer would be is to know the minimum age to work within your area. However, you could also find out from the local branch closest to you what age do they start accepting employees, because Subway stores can vary from branch to branch. This is because there are Subways that are owned by the company, and then there are franchises. Usually, with franchises they can set up their own rules. Some might be willing to accept you at 16 years old, while others are stricter and you would have to be 18 years old and above.

Keep in mind that there are laws prohibiting younger employees to handle more sensitive food preparations because that kind of job needs someone who has more experience. So ask the manager at the branch where you want to apply what kinds of jobs they will offer you - whether you will be tasked to make sandwiches or just man the cashier.With some areas, you might need to bring a permit signed by your school or your parents saying that you are allowed to work at your age.

What Subway looks for in an employee:

  • Must be friendly, courteous and polite. Whether you are taking orders, making subs, or handling the cash register, Subway wants its employees to serve with a smile. A cheerful and and respectful employee goes a long way towards pleasing customers who are willing to wait a little bit longer in line.
  • Can handle several tasks all at once. There will be times when orders will come in all at the same time and you have no choice but to take the heat and work til all the orders are given out. Sometimes this will happen on a day when the staff is severely undermanned and you need to do other people's tasks just to keep the line going.
  • Can work under pressure. When orders are piling up and customers are getting testy or difficult, you must be able to withstand the pressure that comes with dealing with them. There will even be customers who will come in with a list of sandwiches to make while there's a long line of people waiting to be served, too - it's all in a day's work, and you must be able to work quickly but accurately to serve them.
  • Have good math skills. You will be handling cash as you take orders and give out change to customers.

Tasks that you might be asked to handle at Subway:

  • Take orders and man the register
  • Assist customers in their order (explaining what's on the menu, telling them if an ingredient is available or not)
  • Take orders on the phone
  • Make Subway sandwiches
  • Make food preparations
  • Bake bread and cookies
  • Inventory of items and ingredients
  • Mainta the cleanliness of the store, the eating area and the soda area
  • Be in charge of the drive-through

Things to consider when applying at Subway:

  • You can seek for a paid retail training program if you are considering a serious career at Subway, and not just a job.
  • You can apply for a part-time or full-time job.
  • You must have finished at least high school to apply.
  • Occasionally you might need to do some lifting or moving of equipment, so you must be fit and able to lift up to 30lbs.
  • You will go through an interview after submitting an application.

How to apply for a job at Subway:

  • Apply online: USA / UK / Australia
  • Or download the application form then go to your nearest store to apply: USA / UK
  • If a form is not available online you will have to get it directly from the store.
  • Store Locator Find a Subway near you: USA / Canada / UK / Australia
  • Also follow @subwayfreshbuzz at Twitter or be a fan of Subway in Facebook to know more details.

Good luck!


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