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John Hyde CBE, FIH

John Hyde CBE 
Executive Chairman

John has over thirty years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships for the Hospitality Industry. Joining the Hotel and Catering Industry Training Board in 1990 to run YTS programmes, John subsequently founded his own company ‘Hospitality Plus’ in 1998. Over eight years he grew the business to become the fourth largest apprenticeship training company in the country, before selling to the Babcock Group.

John was instrumental in founding The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), the trade association for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning Providers, of which he is currently a Director and chairs its Hospitality special interest group.

In 2006, recognising the potential to up-skill the Hospitality Industry with the new ‘Train to Gain’ programme, John returned to the Sector to co-found HIT (Hospitality Industry Training), with several of his old colleagues from Hospitality Plus. Today it has grown to be the largest provider of Hospitality Apprenticeships in England with market-leading success rates. HIT is entirely owned by its own staff, friends and directors. In addition to this, John is also a founder patron of Springboard UK and a patron of Hospitality Action, the Hotel and Catering Industry’s major charities.

John was educated at Kings Norton Grammar School, Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham, and he also holds an honorary fellowship from the Institute of Hospitality. Prior to his career in Apprenticeship Training, John served with the United Nations peace keeping operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1964 for four years. On returning to the UK John had a number of jobs in further education before founding a small restaurant and catering chain in Brighton.


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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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