Galvin’s Chance is our inspirational ‘into work’ programme for young people leading to pre-employment hospitality training, a work placement, sustainable employment and college apprenticeship. It’s designed to give all of the young people on the programme the skills, the support and the opportunities to start a career in the hospitality industry; to change and improve their lives for the better and to inspire those around them.
Newton had been serving a six year prison sentence and didn’t know where his life was going to take him before he came across the Galvin’s Chance programme. Newton had never been to an interview before and didn’t know how to approach the job market. Through the Galvin’s Chance programme he undertook a two week work placement, following four weeks of training as a Commis Waiter at acclaimed London restaurant Duck & Waffle.
“The first thing you learn and get used to once starting work is that you are not the priority anymore – the customers are. The question is “Can you deal with that?” A lot of people can’t, but if you can then it makes you feel a great sense of achievement. This is a tough industry and I feel that if I can do this I can do anything.”
Newton was offered permanent employment after the work placement and has now been working at Duck & Waffle for 7 months.
Newton told us:
“It has fuelled my ambitions; the fact I am working means I can also do other things that I wanted to do. I have now passed my driving test and I have applied for a passport which is getting sorted out. I don’t have to make time for people that are going to hold me back. I want my own business and this industry is recession proof. I have so many ideas, I just need to focus and channel them. I also want to do the apprenticeship in Hospitality.”
Helping young people move ahead
Initiated by Chris Galvin, Chef Patron and Fred Sirieix at Galvin at Windows restaurant in 2009, the Galvin’s Chance programme targets disadvantaged young 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. Galvin’s Chance is a partnership between DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, which oversees and funds the placements; London CRC, The Springboard Charity, which delivers the programme; Lifetime Training, which provides the apprenticeship training; and various employers who provide the placements and mentor the young people on a daily basis. Once selected on to the Galvin’s Chance programme, chosen candidates complete training and two weeks work experience with a view to fulfilling a vacancy. The 2014-15 programme has now been completed, with 19 out of 20 young people completing the training and 12 currently in employment, paid employment. Read more about Galvin’s Chance on the website.