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Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT Training Ltd, awarded OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Posted on 2 June, 2022


Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT Training, Connect2Care, and the Executive Development Network has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, announced on Thursday 2nd June. The honour has been bestowed on Jill following her outstanding services to apprenticeships in hospitality, care, and management.

During her career, Jill has impressively helped around 100,000 employees complete their apprenticeships or gain the qualifications they’ve needed to embark on long and fulfilling careers across a wide range of sectors.

She is well-known for her unwavering passion to drive the future of apprenticeships and works tirelessly to improve the experience of working in industries such as hospitality, adult care, management, early years education and funeral care.

Her passion transcends into exceptional charitable work, working closely with charities such as Hospitality Action, The Springboard Charity, Only A Pavement Away, and The Clink Charity. Furthermore, her well-regarded opinion also sees her representing education across industries, including providing evidence for the likes of the House of Commons Select Committees on Education, Health, and Social Care and All-Party Parliamentary Groups for both Apprentices and Tourism, Leisure, and Hospitality.

As a Fellow for a variety of leading organisations such as the Institute of Hospitality, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), she volunteers to mentor others and shares her understanding of the markets to fight for greater development opportunities to strengthen the future of these industries.

On being recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2022 Jill said:

“I am hugely grateful to have been chosen for this prestigious honour. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside a vast number of talented individuals and industry bodies during my career and I’m extremely proud of the positive change we’ve achieved in that time.

“I look forward to continuing my work and collaborating with colleagues as well as charitable partners and organisations that I hold close to my heart, to continue supporting the future leaders of the industry, and enabling workers to be the best they can be.”


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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