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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.

The Maldron hotel will open in March 2018, and the Grand Central Hotel is scheduled to open in June 2018.

How to register your interest

Registrations for the informal pre-selection interview have now closed. 

Attendance at an informal pre-selection interview is essential. A member of our team will then contact you directly with a time and venue for your informal interview.

All informal interviews will be held on Monday 9 April 2018 at The Great Hall, Belfast City Hall.


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  Social Fund, and the Department for the Economy’s Bridge to Employment training programme. 

For more information, please contact a member of our Economic Development Unit on 028 9027 0482, email

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028 9027 0482
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