Why do you have different butler trainings ?
First, we want everyone to have access to this amazing profession. Regardless of time or money. Second, we don’t believe in a fixed term to become a butler. It takes a lifetime of study and improving skills. Therefor we offer all sorts of trainings and you can take them when it suits you!
Can I do a 4 week training and later on another 4 weeks ?
Yes. We believe in training. That means a lifetime of improving. You don’t go to the gym only once and never again ? We offer short and long trainings for butlers, individuals and organisations.
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I have seen video's on the internet that a butler training is like the military, is this true ?
Probably that video was not about our school.
We do ask a certain level of discipline but we interact with our students in a very respectful way. Even our instructors are obliged to thank you whenever you perform a task. Is that not the bases of working together? Mutual respect… oh, and we combine it with a smile!
Do you offer online courses ?
Mr Vermeulen and his instructors have a great deal of experience on the field. It is impossible to teach you what a butler is over the internet. The body language, the personal stories, the testimonials of former students, now working for HNW families, they all make up a unique way of teaching.
There is no way, and there will be never a way of bringing over emotions and feelings in a digital way.
We do believe in using technology in the right way and we support the trainings with our online platform.
What do I need to bring to the course ?
Your smile… 🙂 To be honest, everything is included. Your room, all meals, towels, bedlinen, you name it. We even give you a butler uniform to serve our guests.
We do ask you to bring a navy blue suit (see specifics in our brochure), black shoes and white shirts to wear on study days. We provide the accessories to turn you into a 21st century butler.
Do you guarantee a position as butler after the training?
We are the only school to commit to offering you a job within 12 months of your training. We will bring you to 80%, you need to do the rest. So we present you to principals. We don’t guarantee you will have the job, that is up to you.
We give you all the tools to be at your peak performance to find a job. If you haven’t found a job within 12 months, we pledge to give you additional training in finding a job. This pledge is for 8 week students only.
Why do you train in an estate ?
Because that is where your future employers live. Domain Canteclaer is very similar to the work environment our former students are working. The people you wil work for live mainly in bigger cities such as London where space is different than the countryside. We meet you in the middle.
Do I need any experience to follow this course?
People in the hospitality industry obviously have an advantage when starting the training. They might already master certain techniques. But the most important you need is a great personality and the willingness to succeed, thàt is exponentially important.
Is the course residential?
Yes, you can reserve a private room in our estate although this is not mandatory it is advised. Contact us for pricing without a room.
Can you tell me more about the field trips and why you do these?
It is difficult to explain in a class room setting in what environment you will be working in, if you don’t have any experience. Therefor we introduce our students to certain companies and products which we feel you should know. School for Butlers and Hospitality is unique in its field trips.
We are the only butlerschool in the world that let you visit a private jet and explore how you will be working in it. We also visit the exclusive Champagne Bollinger, which is not accessible to the public. The most impressive is our 2 day trip to London, where we visit bespoke tailors in Savile Row, butler service hotels and other amazing venues. Next to that we choose our partners very carefully, they are all passionate individuals or companies with unique stories to tell you. You will be inspired!
Compared to other schools you offer a lot of theory, why is this and how do you combine it with practical training?
Sometimes butlers trained at other schools present their CV’s to us, seeking for employment. As we interview them we were surprised they were not aware of even the most basic etiquette or service knowledge. Therefor our focus has always been on theory combined with practical training. We had students coming to our school to be trained again, even after completing another butler school.
We combine theory with role-play scenario’s, real life guests and many examples. During theory and practical training we show you hundreds of photo’s and many videos to illustrate and to make it easier to understand.
Don’t get us wrong! The most part of the training is hands on. But we tailor it to the needs of the modern family. For example, we train synchronized service but it is not realistic to think you will have a household where you have 20 butlers serving at the same time. We feel there are other things equally important.
Do you offer trainings in other languages than English, what about French for example?
Yes, for groups we can provide it in a range of languages. The butler training is conducted in English. Since Belgium is a country with officially 3 languages, our instructors speak at least 3 languages and are there to support people speaking Dutch, French, English and German.
Why is your curriculum unique to other schools?
It’s all in the way we combine the information and the practical trainings. We have created a cutting edge system which is an unique blend of information, practical training and smart technology.
This allows us to train you faster but without increasing the intensity of the training. Another secret is that we never stop developing our training. Many butler trainings have been teaching the same curriculum for many years. The world is in constant movement. We keep adding topics and constantly look for trends, we feel you should be aware of. We are convinced your principal would be impressed when his butler is up to speed on the latest food trends and luxury items.
Can I talk to any former students?
Yes, but we keep the details of our students confidential since they might be working for principals who care about their privacy. Nevertheless we can put in a demand for you to contact them. Upon their approval we’re more than happy to provide their details.
The best way to speak to them is to come and visit the school during a training. We are more than happy to give you a full tour of all our unique features.
Is there anything to do in my free time?
The estate is situated near the city of Bruges, Belgium which has been on the Unesco list for many years. This stunning medieval village has some real gems to discover while you stay with us and we suggest you discover it.
On top of that the cities of Ghent, Antwerp or Brussels are never more than 40 minutes away by car or train. Actually there is too much to do…