The Programme


New beginnings for young people

Galvin’s Chance offers disadvantaged young people industry-led training and opportunities for a front of house career in some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and food service management organisations. The programme seeks to predominantly target those at risk of crime and offer them a real alternative.

Our proven model engages these young people to acquire the skills they need for sustainable employment and the chance to earn qualifications to build their careers, with ongoing mentoring support available.

Initiated by Chris Galvin, Chef Patron and Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows in 2009, the programme targets young people aged 18-24 who are at risk from gang culture. The progamme helps those facing various barriers who are not in education or employment.

Our vision is to change and improve lives and enable Galvin’s Chance young people to inspire those around them.

Stage 1: Interview Day

Following a referral process, selected individuals are invited to a pre-screening interview day at a central London location, where they have the opportunity to be interviewed by prospective employers.

Stage 2: Pre-employment training

Galvin’s Chance candidates undertake an intensive pre-employment training programme over 2-3 weeks. Participants visit prospective employers, undertake practical training sessions with accredited certificates, such as with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and develop key employability skills all with the aim of improving their confidence levels when they embark on placements in the industry.

Stage 3: Two-week placement and work trial

This is a crucial element of Galvin’s Chance, where our employer partners provide a supported front-of-house opportunity for up to two weeks to the candidate. This unpaid work placement is an opportunity for individuals to undertake a role within a renowned hospitality organisation, which could include a hotel, restaurant or the food service management sector. If successful, the candidate will be offered an interview with the chance to secure an ongoing, paid role.

Stage 4: Sustainable Employment 

All young people who secure permanent employment through Galvin’s Chance will have the opportunity to gain further qualifications with their employers and supported by the programme.

Our ongoing commitment

Galvin’s Chance will work with both the employer and young person to create a sustainable employment opportunity within the hospitality sector – with a priority focus on service roles – and offer ongoing skills development, employment and mentoring support for up to six months. Candidates also have the option of connecting with professional industry mentors.

Galvin’s Chance alumni also have an opportunity to engage in peer mentoring, help new candidates on the programme, to speak at events and be involved in voluntary fundraising events and campaigns that support Galvin’s Chance.

Please note:

Individuals for consideration to Galvin’s Chance are referred by third party agencies (including probation services, young offender support groups, homeless charities) and then selected to attend the Recruitment Day. If you would like more information about the 2019 programme, please contact

For more information about Galvin’s Chance and to read success stories, please download our Galvin’s Chance 2018 brochure here.

10 Years of Galvin’s Chance

Now in its 10th year, Galvin’s Change has helped to change the lives of over 170 young people. Discover more and meet some of the young people who have secured employment through the programme here.