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Celebrating a 10-year milestone

Posted on 18 June, 2019

It was celebrations all-round last month as a record 54 members of the HIT Training team reach their 10-year anniversary with the company, representing a combined service of 621 years!

To mark the occasion, the long-standing employees were treated to a Champagne reception followed by a three-course lunch at the Michelin-Starred restaurant, Simpsons in Birmingham. During the lunch the group reflected on the past 10 years, sharing their stories of working with hospitality employers and apprenticeships across the country to develop high-quality training programmes.

Commenting on the event, Executive Chairman, John Hyde CBE, said: “It was great to recognise and celebrate the difference the team has made to the training and development of thousands of apprentices’ lives. We have all worked alongside each other for over a decade and so there was a wonderful family-feel to the day.”

Speaking about the occasion, Jill Whittaker, Managing Director for HIT training, said: “We are proud of all our colleagues at HIT Training, it was wonderful to celebrate the effort and dedication our longest-serving team members have made. We believe that helping people become the best they can be makes good business sense, so will continue to invest in and celebrate our team members’ career progression and achievements.”

Last year, HIT training was named for the third time in the prestigious Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. At number 74, HIT Training rose up the list from 88th in 2015 and 92nd in 2014. The results showed how 90% of employees are proud to work at HIT Training and 93% believe they make a valuable contribution to the success of the company. This is also reflected in HIT’s high staff retention rates, with a further 166 team members passing their five-year anniversaries since the event at Simpsons.

HIT training is always looking for new talent though to join its ever-growing business. For details of current vacancies, please visit the HIT Training’s careers page here.


McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

There is a shortage of skilled chefs within in our industry at present and any organisation that truly believes in the value of training and development of bright future stars will enable themselves to be in a strong position for the years ahead. Investing in smart training and development is at the heart of what we do within WSH, so it has been refreshing to work alongside HIT within our Baxterstorey Chef Academy. 

Rik Razza - Head of Chef Development, BaxterStorey


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