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HIT Training Features for Fourth Time in The Sunday Times’ ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’

Posted on 21 February, 2020

HIT Training, the UK’s largest provider of training and apprenticeships in the hospitality sector, has today (20th February) been named in the aspirational Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’. This is the fourth time HIT Training has received this much- coveted honour after making the list in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Announced at number 17, HIT Training has continually risen through the ranks from 92nd in 2014 to 88th in 2015 and then 74th in 2018. An unprecedented 757 companies entered to participate this year. In order to create an overall ranking to establish the Top 100, employees from each company are asked to provide feedback and rate their employers on eight key indicators of staff engagement and workplace satisfaction – My Team, Leadership, My Manager, Giving Something Back, My Company, Fair Deal, Personal Growth and Wellbeing.

77% of HIT Training employees responded, and results show that 95% believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation and 89% feel that the experience they gain through HIT Training will be valuable for their future development. Furthermore, an astounding 93% of employees agreed that the organisation is run on strong values and principles.

Speaking about the results, Jill Whittaker, Managing Director at HIT Training, said: “To feature in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For for a fourth time is just incredible and as a team, we couldn’t be prouder. This honour just goes to show the determination and passion of every single member of the HIT Training team. All 500 employees work as one and are driven to help hospitality employers and learners achieve or, in many cases, surpass their career or business goals.

“We work to a core set of values at HIT Training and we’re pleased to have built a team that not only shares and appreciates those values, but also shares our commitment to making a real change for the people and businesses we work with.”

The full list of Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020 is available here and for more information on HIT Training, please click 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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