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Introducing the Executive Development Network (EDN)

Posted on 9 February, 2021


A brand-new training division has launched to support business leaders and managers in the growing trend for building business resilience and managing teams

The Executive Development Network (EDN) is a brand-new training division which offers next-level management and leadership training, to help businesses grow their talent pool with high-quality apprenticeship and vocational programmes.

EDN is part of the award-winning organisation, HIT Training Ltd, which was established in 2006 and has a proven track record in quality, people-led training across the hospitality, retail, adult care and early years sectors.

Working directly with businesses, EDN develops bespoke professional training programmes to empower teams and individuals, helping them to become better managers, board members and leaders to reach their full potential. EDN offers a full training suite which includes apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5, and through a strategic partnership with Arden University, offers a development pathway to degree Level 6 and 7 apprenticeships. 

Resilience: the business buzzword for 2021

Business leaders and managers spent 2020 trying to lead against the backdrop of COVID-19. With lockdown restrictions set to continue into spring 2021, they’re now looking for renewed confidence, inspiration and advice to help them build the resilience needed to navigate towards a brighter future. With this is mind, ‘resilience’ already looks set to be the business buzzword for 2021.

EDN offers bespoke apprenticeships run by expert tutors for senior managers and leaders, which is key to building business resilience. The full training suite is delivered via a three-tiered curriculum, Professional, Practitioner and Executive, suitable for entry level managers, seasoned leaders and board members – empowering them to perform at their very best.

Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of EDN, says: “No matter what industry you’re in, during periods of lockdown nobody wants to feel as if elements of their life are being put on hold. When it comes to our careers, learning and development is a big motivator and helps us to continue pushing ourselves. Gaining new skills is a hugely positive step in our careers. It helps teams to build resilience and feel inspired to put their knowledge and skills into practice.

“At EDN we are committed to going that extra mile to help our clients and their businesses succeed. Our trusted team of expert tutors are hungry to pass on their knowledge via our business-embedded apprenticeship programmes, which deliver defined benefits well beyond the achievement of a qualification – they help to provide a lasting legacy of learning.”

To find out more, visit https://edn.training/


It was great speaking to our account manager, Catherine, this afternoon and great to hear that HIT are being so supportive with our apprentices, I found the call very positive in a time of crisis, so thank you.

The Learner’s leaflet is great and being sent out to Apprentices and Line Managers following our communication last week providing a great follow up.

Jonathan Foot - Head of Apprenticeships, Compass Group

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

HIT Training has provided such an incredible support to us during lockdown, with regular webinar invitations, videocalls and engagement solutions. Our business focus shifted to learning and development and we managed to enrol 3 times more apprentices on training programmes than before!

Anastasia Talatzidou -L&D Manager, Gaucho


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