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Hotel Employment Academy

If you’re interested in working in the hospitality industry but lack experience and qualifications, the Hotel Employment Academy (HEA) is a very exciting opportunity.

We’ve teamed up with two of the city’s newest hotels - the Dalata Hotel Group’s Maldron Hotel Belfast City and Hastings’ Grand Central Hotel Belfast – to help them recruit nearly 200 new staff.

Roles include entry level posts in food services, as kitchen porters, concierges, waiting staff and accommodation assistants - and there are many more.

Who is eligible?

HEA is open to anyone living in the Belfast City Council area currently out of work or working less than 16 hours a week.

Hear about the experiences of employees from Hastings and Dalata Hotel Group and why they would recommend a career in the hospitality sector in this short video.


What’s involved?

HEA will give you practical experience in working in a hotel, as well as training in areas such as:

  • customer care
  • food safety
  • health and safety
  • manual handling. 

It will give you the skills needed for specific posts within these new hotels - and everyone who completes the two-week intensive training programme will be guaranteed a job interview.

With the Maldron due to open in March 2018 and Grand Central Hotel due to open in June 2018, training will begin in the New Year.

How to find out more

How to register your interest

To be considered for the Hotel Employment Academy, it is mandatory to attend an informal pre-selection interview.

Registrations closed at 5pm on Tuesday 23 January 2018. 

All informal interviews will be held at the Mac, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ, on Tuesday 30 January 2018.


HEA is supported by the Department for Communities, the Department for the Economy, Tourism NI, the Lemis+ project which is funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund, and the Department for the Economy’s Bridge to Employment training programme. 

More information

Call: 028 9027 0482


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