Since Galvin’s Chance started three years ago, the programme has been able to give a realistic, practical and supported chance to 45 disadvantaged young people to gain experience and employment in Front of House roles in the hospitality industry. They also have an opportunity to continue or reignite their education by gaining a recognised apprenticeship (NVQ Level II). A further 60+ young people have been given exposure to opportunities in the industry through the recruitment process.
September 12th: Graduation ceremony
In 2011-12, 18 young people began the programme, which is aimed particularly at those who are deemed ‘at-risk’, who have been in trouble with the law or who face other barriers to employment. 14 young people successfully completed the training programme and found paid employment as a result - a success rate of 78%. Five of the young people additionally passed their NVQ Level II apprenticeship in Food and Drink at Westminster Kingsway College.
Ten of the young people who had successfully graduated from Galvin’s Chance were in attendance to receive their certificates. For example, Ola Adeneji is now working at The Royal Automobile Club, a private members club, as a waiter. He had come to the programme through London Probation. Ola said, “Galvin’s Chance has changed my life for the better. I am enjoying my job and am really proud to have passed my apprenticeship. It was hard work but has been worth it!”
Galvin’s Chance programme summaries:
2013 - 2014
A further 15 young people (minimum) will be recruited onto the Galvin’s Chance London program
10 young people will be recruited through the new Galvin’s Chance program in Edinburgh
Funding allowing (approx £2K per young person to go through the program) these figures may increase.
Overall 2009 - 2013 (to date)
191 young people attended a Recruitment Day and heard about opportunities in the Hospitality sector
77 young people started on the programme (40%)
60 young people completed the training (78%)
35 young people have so far secured ongoing paid employment in front of house and other service roles as a result of Galvin’s Chance (58%) with 5 more currently interviewing for positions (8%)
2012-13 – status as at 31 Dec 2012
21 young people started the programme (41%)
19 young people completed the training (90%)
11 offered employment (58%)
20 young people started the programme
80% (16) young people completed the training
63% (10) offered employment to date
15 young people started the programme
73% (11) young people completed the training
55% (6) offered employment to date
19 young people started the programme
73% (14) completed the training
29% (4) offered full time employment
Ultimately we want every Galvin’s Chance candidate to secure paid employment and complete an NVQ as a result of the programme, thereby turning their lives around, gaining a qualification and growing in self-confidence. The project has been continually improving its model and building on its success rate over this time. However, due to limited funds we can currently have a maximum of 20 young people on the programme at any one time.