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Posted on 6 November, 2019

HIT Training believes that recognising and celebrating success is fundamental to motivation and development in the workplace. In March and April 2020, HIT will be unmasking talent in the hospitality industry by holding the first ever HIT Heroes awards – which celebrates HIT apprentices and employers and their outstanding dedication to training.

The awards celebrate apprentices’ who have successfully applied their learning to their work setting, as well as commend the motivation and drive they have shown to become the hospitality leaders and stars of the future. There are also awards for employers who have gone the extra mile in driving training forward in the sector.  

HIT Heroes showcases the diverse range of apprenticeships in hospitality and there are a number of different categories to enter, such as Front of House Apprentice of the year, Chef Apprenticeship of the Year and Housekeeper/Cleaner Apprentice of the Year. Apprentice and employer Heroes can nominate themselves or be nominated by an individual in the HIT community, such as a customer, employee, stakeholder, fellow apprentice, line manager, mentor or HIT trainer. There are also separate awards for small, medium and large employers.

Winners will be announced via a road show in March 2020 and the HIT Heroes will be invited to a prestigious HIT Heroes Awards VIP dinner at an exclusive London location in April to celebrate their success. Winners of the Extra Mile Award, Best Community Outreach Programme, Apprentice of the Year and Employer of the Year will also be announced on the night, where they will receive their award and prize.

Jill Whittaker, Managing Director at HIT Training, said: “We feel very proud to be launching the first ever HIT Heroes awards. We think it is hugely important to celebrate the success of our apprentices and business leaders, not only to recognise and highlight future talent but also to encourage a motivated and driven workforce within the hospitality industry.”

Nominations for HIT Heroes are open now! Entries close on 31st January 2020. Visit hitheroes.co.uk to find out more.

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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

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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