HIT Heroes Award Winners 2023

We’re absolutely delighted to unveil the winners of the HIT Heroes Awards! A huge congratulations to each and every one for their incredible success! The judges were blown away by this year’s entries and the immense value each winner has added to their sectors through apprenticeships.

From fostering innovation in the workplace to assuming leadership roles and guiding junior team members, the benefits these winners have brought to their businesses are truly commendable.

One story showcases the remarkable journey of an apprentice who learned the art of recipe design, allowing for creativity and industry recognition, illustrating the tangible impact apprentices can have on business success.

Another inspiring entry highlights the career progression of an apprentice who transitioned from supervisor to floor manager utilising newfound skills in management and emotional intelligence to excel in their role. These stories underscore the fantastic career advancement opportunities that apprenticeships provide, enriching both individuals and the sectors they serve.

As you may have seen, the names of the winners and stories of their outstanding contributions to industry were revealed during National Apprenticeship Week to highlight the important role that apprenticeships play within the hospitality and retail sectors.

“Celebrating the HIT Heroes Awards is more than just recognising excellence; it’s a testament to the transformative power of apprenticeships. These awards shine a spotlight on the remarkable dedication of our apprentices and their employers, whose collaborative efforts drive innovation and excellence in our industries. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the winners, whose outstanding contributions serve as inspiration for the next generation of talent.”

– Mike Worley, Managing Director of HIT Training

The HIT Heroes Awards aims to recognise the amazing work of both apprentices and apprenticeship employers across the country and celebrate the individual drive and development of apprentices to become future hospitality and retail leaders.

We will be highlighting individual stories of all our winners over coming weeks – watch this space – and we will announce our overall HIT Heroes winners during National Careers Week in March.

Here is a full list of our incredible winners for 2023:


Hospitality Apprentice of the Year: Anyela Parkinson – Oakman Inns

Chef Apprentice of the Year: Tay-Jaun Moore – Sodexo

Leadership Apprentice of the Year: Jessica Malandra – Rhubarb Hospitality Collection

Retail Apprentice of the Year: Amy Morgan – Nike



Small to Medium Employer of the Year: Three Blind Mice

Large Employer of the Year: JKS Restaurants

Best Community Outreach Programme: St Austell’s Brewery


To read the full story of each category winner, go to: hitheroes.co.uk/hall-of-fame

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