Food Service Academy


Delivered in partnership with Open College Network (NI) the Food Service Academy delivers fully funded OCN (NI) Level 2 Food & Beverage Service qualification over four weeks. Upon completion, graduates will be guaranteed employment at one of three top local hotels: Galgorm, Tullyglass House Hotel, or the Adair Arms Hotel. The course is delivered through a combination of onsite and remote training, incorporating tableware presentation, teamwork and managing allergens. 


What the Apprenticeship includes:

  • Guaranteed continued employment following successful completion of the course in one of our Hotel partners (Galgorm, Adair Arms, Tullyglass House Hotel).
  • Nationally recognised fully funded qualification OCN (NI) Level 2 Food & Beverage Service
  • Attractive hourly rate £11.00 (above NLW)
  • Ongoing support and development


Learning Format: Learning takes place either on Microsoft Teams or on-site in one of the partner hotels in the Ballymena area so there is no need to attend college

Learning Format: x2 days classroom learning & x1 day remote

Hourly Rate: We pay £11.00 per hour both in class and work-based learning

Training Provider: Open College Network (OCN) 

Qualification: OCN Level 2 Award in Food Service

Duration: 4 weeks 

Tutor: Leah Robb 



With no formal entry requirements, the course is accessible to everyone that can demonstrate a passion for delivering excellence and offers a fantastic opportunity for those interested in a career in hospitality to get a first foot on the ladder with a top Northern Ireland employer.