Welcome to Galvin’s Chance


Galvin’s Chance is an inspirational ‘into work’ programme for disadvantaged young people aged 18-24. The programme leads to pre-employment hospitality training, a work placement, sustainable employment and college 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.

"I see the next few years as a journey; I want to be successful and progress. Galvin's Chance has given me the opportunity and the confidence to do that. Otherwise I would have been unemployed and bored and daytime TV is not that good!"
Greta, currently employed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane

Through principal partnership arrangements with DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly Hilton in the Community Foundation), The Springboard Charity and Lifetime Training, the project provides mentoring, work experience, skill 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, 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.

To download the new Galvin's Chance brochure, please click here.


Galvin's Chance is an initiative of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, Registered Charity No. 1084220 (England & Wales) and 038995 (Scotland)

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