About Galvin’s Chance


Galvin’s Chance is an into work programme for young people. The programme leads to pre-employment hospitality training, a work placement, sustainable employment and NVQ level 2 apprenticeship.




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.

Listen to the introduction to the Galvin’s Chance programme by Springboard’s Rachel Neuer below for an overview of the programme. To find out what it’s like to take part in the Galvin’s Chance programme, watch Jay’s Story