Galvin’s Chance is an into work programme for disadvantaged young people. The programme leads to pre-employment hospitality training, a work placement and sustainable employment. Galvin’s Chance seeks to predominantly target those at risk of crime and offer them a real alternative.
Initiated by Chris Galvin, Chef Patron and Fred Sirieix at Galvin at Windows restaurant in 2009, the programme targets people aged 18-24 who are not in education or employment, and offers them training and opportunities for a front of house career in some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and food service management organisations in London. This is the beginning of their involvement in a life changing programme that will ultimately provide them with the confidence, aspiration and opportunity for a career in the hospitality industry. Through principal partnership arrangements with DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and The Springboard Charity, the project provides mentoring, work experience, skills training, employment and qualifications leading to NVQ Level 2 in Hospitality. It is designed to give all of the young people on the programme the skills, support and opportunities to start a career in the hospitality industry; to change and improve their lives for the better and to inspire those around them.
Update: Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Galvin’s Chance candidates who have taken the ‘chance’ to transform their lives. A graduation event took place on 28 April 2016 in central London.
From the first 12 candidates who took on the Galvin’s Chance programme in 2015-16, all completed the pre-employment element, which offered them training, industry visits, and one-to-one support. 11 of the 12 then completed their work placements at establishments including the Royal Automobile Club, Galvin at Windows, Apex Hotel and The Goring. Nine of the young people have secured ongoing, paid work contracts and two are close to securing opportunities.
This has meant overcoming some significant barriers, including for some, criminal convictions, chaotic or difficult situations at home. Congratulations to all of you!