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Jill Whittaker FCA

Jill Whittaker FCA
Managing Director

Jill was appointed Managing Director in September 2012 to take charge of HIT’s day to day operations at a senior and strategic level. The Board of Directors collectively has more than 100 years’ experience in work-based learning. 

As Managing Director, Jill’s responsibilities are to ensure that the company continues to grow and operate profitably, and that it achieves learner completion rates that are substantially higher than its competitors. An on-going challenge is to ensure that HIT Training continues to help employers increase the effectiveness and profitability of their staff, and that it develops learners’ personal, economic and social status through the delivery of relevant, valued apprenticeships in an industry which despite currently experiencing exceptional growth in all sectors, also reports significant skills gaps at all levels. 

Under Jill’s management HIT is financially profitable, commercially successful and has maintained a high profile in both the hospitality and the work based learning industries. HIT is a good specialist training provider, this is borne out by OFSTED inspections. 

Jill was educated at Kingsbury School, Warwickshire and Coventry University. She gained her professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young and is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA).

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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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