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A Recipe for Success in Cumbria - National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on 15 March, 2019

HIT Cumbria Team and Apprentices

HIT Training celebrated National Apprenticeship Week in style last week by bringing employers and businesses from across Cumbria together to celebrate the positive benefits of apprenticeships. 

On Tuesday 5th March, HIT hosted a special celebratory five-course meal at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle. The menu was completely designed, prepared and served by a team of apprentices to showcase their skills and talent to 40 guests made up of employers of local businesses across the region.

The apprentices involved were Eddie Messenger from Lake District Hotels - Lodore Falls near Keswick, Wesley Mattinson from Lake District Hotels - Lodore Falls Hotel near Keswick, Luke Parkinson from Kew Green Hotels - Holliday Inn in Lancaster, Jemma Brown from The Beam & Brycg in Preston, Marie Grufferty from Center Parcs – Whinfell Forrest in Penrith, Stephanie Brade from The Beam & Brycg in Preston, Kimberley Ellwood from The Inn at Brough near Kirkby Stephen and Kristen Pearce from Shearings – The Strathmore Hotel in Morecambe. 

Front of House Apprentices - Marie, Stephanie, Kim, Kristen

Guests enjoyed a welcoming drinks reception, canapés and a five course meal with live music from Lucia Lipscombe. A raffle also took place and £200 was raised for The Springboard Charity. 

Speaking about the evening, Samantha Addison, Sector Manager for HIT training said: “The evening was a huge success and it was brilliant to see so many of our apprentices get involved.  They all worked extremely hard, demonstrating the skills they have learnt throughout their training and an obvious passion for hospitality - we are extremely proud of all their achievements. We have enjoyed getting involved in National Apprenticeship Week and hope that as a result, more people are aware of the different opportunities available through apprenticeships in the hospitality sector. Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in training the next generation of chefs and hospitality employees. By hosting the evening, we hope to offer more business leaders the opportunity to see how investing in training and development will be beneficial for both their employees and their businesses.”



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

We chose HIT as our training provider not only because of their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, but also because of their genuine passion for our brand and their understanding of our company culture. We believe that they can deliver our training to a very high standard whilst passing on our company ethos and values. Their attention to detail is second to none.

Charlotte Thoms, Talent Manager, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

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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