Working at Sip 'n' Dip
Sip 'n' Dip hosts an ever-changing range of basic/beginner Sip 'n' Create art classes throughout South East Queensland. We aim to provide an inclusive and holistic art experience to our clients at an excellent price point comparative to the market. We build ongoing relationships with our client base and treat our venues as an extension of our own brand and principles.
We commenced trade in 2019 as a ’side gig’ and experienced rapid growth and demand for our services now expanding across southeast Queensland and occupying 20+ venues including the establishment of an Art Studio based in Goodna. We operate predominantly in a proud partnership with The Coffee Club, Large scale football clubs, and Taverns.
We encourage participation from NDIS participants. Our class sizes range from 10 people to 60 people. We service the domestic market and we service the corporate market. Sip ’n’ Dip is rapidly expanding throughout Queensland presently in both our art class offering but also in our online/digital offering, our cafe/studio offering and our online art packs & art supplies offering. Sip 'n' Dip has proven a resilient brand in the face of COVID.
Our goal is to be Australia’s biggest Mixed-Media Art Class supplier by 2025 and continue to provide and make opportunities for our wonderful clients to enjoy FUN art not FINE art.
SIP N DIP STRUCTURE
Sip 'n' Dip Australia is the parent company for a collection of smaller sole traders licensed to Operate Sip 'n' Dip Classes under our brand tied to geographic regions. Sip 'n' Dip regions are independently owned and so if you apply for a role in a region, you are applying to be employed by the owner of that area.
ABOUT OUR BUSINESS RHYTHM
Here at Sip 'n' Dip we are a small family-run business that experiences 2 very distinct seasons. A peak season that spans October/November until approx the second week of January, and an off-season that spans the remainder of the months and drops significantly in winter. Our classes are dictated by a number of factors, from the time, location and dates provided to us from our venues to events like lockdowns, pandemics, public holidays, stock shortages, low customer numbers, and even bad weather.
Therefore we hire casuals as a staffing solution based on the premise that we can not guarantee hours from week to week. While sometimes the work is regular and we obviously try to provide regular work for our casuals to support their livelihood, during those periods and you will almost always be working at a different time, on a different day at a different venue when you work as a casual artist. Being employed as casual means your roster changes each week to suit the demand, and you can refuse or swap shifts. The offer of a casual position with Sip 'n' Dip does not include a firm advance commitment that the work will continue indefinitely with an agreed pattern of work as (whilst we try to roster 4 weeks ahead of time) we are unable to offer firm confirmation on any roster more than a week ahead of time.
Beyond casual roles, we also retain a pool of contractors who are offered shifts during our peak period or when people call in sick and we don't have staff to cover it. These are independent operators engaged on a contract by contract engagement. Contractors are not staff.
STAFF - ABOUT THE CASUAL ROLE (ENTITLEMENTS)
Casuals at Sip 'n' Dip are paid under the MA000090 'Amusement, Events, and Recreation' award and are engaged for a minimum of 3-hour shifts (unless agreed upon under section 11.7) but most shifts are 4 hours long. Casuals must work 10 hours before a 25% loading for overtime is applied.
Casual employees that meet the criteria for casual conversion can review their eligibility under section 11.8 or refer to the casual Information statement can be located here. Sip 'n' Dip Australia Pty Ltd has fewer than 15 employees. Each licenced sole trader also have fewer than 15 employees.
Casuals are entitled to an unpaid break after 5 continuous hours of work udner section 15.1 (a)
The introductory pay rate for a casual artist at Sip 'n' Dip paid under the Pay Guide (page 3) is $24.80 for the first 3 months, then you are moved to Grade 1 provided you successfully complete your probationary period (which is $25.51 per hour). Both include tax, the casual loading, and super is paid on top if you are paid more than $450 before tax each month.
STAFF - ROSTERING AND SHIFTS
We appreciate that people like advanced notice about classes. As we list classes months ahead we can provide a 4-week indication of what classes might look like and the shifts you may have. However, if these classes eventuate is dictated by a number of factors, from the time, location and dates provided to us from our venues to events like lockdowns, pandemics, public holidays, stock shortages, low customer numbers, and even bad weather. Therefore rosters are not confirmed until 1 week before they happen.
The class start time and end time dictate the length of the shift, you are paid for 60 minutes before your class is due to start and 60 minutes after your class is scheduled to end. This additional 2 hours covers the collection and checking of your pack, and set up of your class, clean up of your class, and return of your class pack. If you do not deliver your class in the allocated time or choose to drop your pack back at another time, you are not paid for additional hours. Classes are timed, and teachers are expected to deliver them in the timeframe allocated for both customer expectations and for venue timing.
Exceptions to this are if the artist is expected to travel more than 20 minutes to their destination. We do not pay for travel to work.
Contractors are offered shifts at the last moment, or on-call during a contracted and specified peak period.
We will only engage contractors in our resource pool who are genuine contractors. That is to say, having an ABN is not justification that you are a contractor. A contractor is running their own business and therefore may choose to work for Sip 'n' Dip Australia Pty Ltd, or any of the sole traders operating their own independent businesses (licenced as Sip 'n' Dip) or any other business.
Contractors are not required to sign a non-compete, but they are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and a return of group property agreement.
Contractors at Sip 'n' Dip are contracted per engagement or for a peak season. The work is either very occasional OR seasonally available. Contractors can sub-contract their shifts to any pre-approved sip 'n' dip contractor in the resource pool without approval. Contractors are paid on an hourly rate quoted before their engagement - as casual loading includes tax, to ensure we are applying a fair rate with regards to others doing the same job, we will only approve quotes for the same rate as casual employees.
As we pay the same rate as we do to casuals, we are happy to and do provide tools and equipment along with class instructions and prepare the class packs in advance. We do not expect contractors to cover these costs. We provide a uniform for brand consistency. Contractors must have their own public liability insurance and provide us with a certificate of currency before being approved for the contract.
Contractors enjoy control over the way they deliver the class content and are encouraged to put their flair on their classes, the structure of the class however must remain intact for consistency of delivery. Contractors provide the service of a workshop host and are free to refuse additional work.
ABOUT OUR CASULS / CONTRACTORS
Sip ’n’ Dip Hosts are dynamic, engaging and charismatic. We are an equal opportunity employer. We seek enthusiastic workers that are customer-centric and strive for excellence. Our Hosts are team players and have a goal to provide our clients, their venues and their co-workers with a positive and uplifting experience. We aim to recruit ’sticky staff’, with great communication skills, that can think on their feet and who want to be engaged with us over the long term. We require commitment and reliability from our workers. We provide a rewarding role that allows mixed media artists the ability to work in their area of expertise. Things that detract from the experience of our customers, venues or co-workers are not desirable qualities in candidates and will be moved through the business quickly to make way for desirable candidates.
ABOUT THE JOB
Whilst the work our hosts do is thoroughly enjoyable and you get access to play with a variety of mediums as part of their job, they are there to work. Essentially shifts run for 3-5 hours (the average shift is 4). The average shift would include the collection of the class pack on their way to class, the set up of the class, the facilitation and delivery of the class and the pack down and return of their class pack after their shift.
Through the recruitment process, we aim to identify candidates who are capable of supplying the service we offer. Prospective candidates must have basic skills in alcohol ink, resin and acrylic beginner painting. For employees to be able to take on more shifts they must be able to confidently run the class, therefore staff can opt to attend and shadow classes to upskill themselves to provide the ability for us to offer more shifts. We also offer unpaid training to help artists up skill with their co-workers once a month at our studio, contractors are welcome. The more classes you can do, the more shifts we can offer you. We do no provide step by step training on how to paint each class, staff are hired based on their ability to do this - we do however field questions and give you tips and tricks.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
We want to speak to you if:
- You have a background in either teaching and/or Art (preferably both)
- You are familiar with Resin, Alcohol Ink, Beginner Acrylic paintings (and can show us examples)
- You can learn quickly from written instruction and/or recorded tutorials
- You are enthusiastic, friendly, genuine and encouraging
- Confident in leading a group of between 10-50 people
- A team player, able to work with people and be respectful of your team members
- Are able to provide exceptional instruction of our paint and craft classes to clients
- Able to support our students and help them to achieve their goals
- You are flexible, willing to learn and able to take feedback in such a way as it contributes to the positive growth of yourself professionally
- A commitment to the brand - we will not look at candidates that connect with us in order to push their own agenda - we seek team players
WHAT YOU MUST HAVE TO APPLY
For All appointments:
A Current Blue Card
Your licence & a reliable vehicle capable of transporting a class kit
Sign a confidentiality agreement form
Sign a return of group property form
For a casual engagement:
Sign a non-compete agreement form
For a contractor engagement:
- Your own Public Liability Insurance to 20,000,000
- An ABN
- Ability to prove you are a legitimate contractor
- Sign a contract of engagement for the period you are contracted to us
We have an established staff online forum connected to our website designed to provide staff with information, communication and support with their role. We provide a catalog of procedures and policies. We host a staff training session (unpaid) once a month to help our staff upskill themselves and qualify for more shifts. We operate with an employee scorecard and regular feedback.
You submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org - Applications must be complete to apply. We will not consider or reply to applicants who have not taken the time to provide complete applications.
If you are successful, you will be offered a group interview.
Based on that interview you will be offered a 1x1 interview.
Successful applicants are offered a class trial
If successful a role will be offered with a position with a probationary period.