NI School Recruits Student Chefs

Aspiring chefs are being called to enrol on a new training course launched by the Northern Ireland Hospitality School, offering students the chance to gain a chef qualification and secure guaranteed employment with one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels.

The new Chef Academy will see six successful candidates selected to undertake a year- long scholarship delivered through on-the-job training at one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels - Adair Arms Hotel, Galgorm Resort or Tullyglass House Hotel - where they will ultimately secure guaranteed employment.

Successful candidates will gain a nationally recognised qualification (FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Chef – Northern Ireland), delivered by training partner South Eastern Regional College (SERC). The course involves not just classroom learning, but on the job training with a highly skilled kitchen brigade as well as unique experiences with local food producers.

Representing an investment in year one of nearly £250,000, the new academy aims to recruit six locally based chef apprentices for its first intake in September, with applications now open.

The announcement follows the launch of the Northern Ireland Hospitality School last April, part funded by Ballymena-based charity The Gallaher Trust. To date, the school has already supported 24 students in gaining full-time employment with partnering hotels through its dedicated Bar Academy.

The launch of its new Chef Academy is the latest development in the school’s ambitious plans to support the hospitality sector locally and provide a pathway to employment for those seeking a career in the industry. Each year, the NI Hospitality School aims to facilitate employment for six chefs and 24 bartenders in a £685,000 annual investment, providing a significant boost to local employment.

Applications close on 29th August 2022, with successful candidates enrolled from mid- September. For more information, or to apply, please visit