Since its launch in 2009 Galvin’s Chance has seen many young people change their lives for the better, through their hard work and determination. Read about one of our first apprentices Kamal below, and click on each photo to read more success stories.
Kamal was one of the first apprentices to take part in the Galvin’s Chance programme. After her selection and pre-employment training she undertook a fortnight’s work experience at Galvin at Windows Restaurant, where she impressed her managers sufficiently to be offered a full-time role. Kamal has since become a fantastic ambassador for Galvin’s Chance and has attended graduation ceremonies and fundraising events, seeing other young people into the programme. Kamal said:
“Personally I found the [Galvin’s Chance] process to be very helpful. The two week preparation course with Springboard built up a lot of confidence and all the training was good…It was a tough introduction but you sometimes need to be thrown in at the deep end to start swimming. I know from talking to the other staff that I went straight into a job and an environment that normally takes several years to get to, so it’s been a great opportunity.
I live in Greenford in West London and there is a lot of gang culture around so it can be easy to fall in with the wrong people. Kids on the street often talk about the rewards they would like from life – the money and the fast cars – but rarely about the hard work needed to get there. There’s sometimes a lack of role models and examples of alternative choices. Hopefully now I can be that example in my area and let people know that there are lots of choices and opportunities out there.”
Today Kamal works as a personal trainer and is still involved in supporting the Galvin’s Chance programme, including taking part in our first chocs4chance fundraising campaign in 2015.