Top training company opens news offices and creates jobs

New North and East Yorkshire office - area manager Chris Hirst
New North and East Yorkshire office - area manager Chris Hirst

A leading hospitality apprenticeship company has opened a new office in North Yorkshire to train hundreds of people and create jobs.

HIT Training has set up a new regional operation covering North and East Yorkshire and around the Humber Estuary from an office in Knaresborough.

Area manager Chris Hirst is spearheading the development and recruiting staff. He has taken on two new trainer assessors and aims to add another trainer assessor next month (September) along with an administrator.

That will take his team of trainer assessors to five and he aims to develop the business and expand that to eight.

HIT already has 120 apprentices studying for NVQs and other qualifications while they work at about 50 companies across the new region.

Chris, who spent 26 years in catering in the military, aims to swell their ranks. “I want to double the number of learners within six months,” he said.

“Learning isn’t just for young people. We have apprentices aged from 16 to people in their 60s. It’s all about getting the skills and the training. We’re here to help people better themselves and achieve the core skills and qualifications in every role and job they carry out.”

Chris started training for his new job while he was still with the Army. He heard about HIT and realised he had a passion to pursue.

“I’ve always enjoyed training,” he said. “It gives you a buzz when someone who had barriers against them when they started training achieve so much.

“You give them the training and encouragement, the right skills and tools and what better reward is there than seeing that happy, smiling face when they get their certificate and knowing that you were part of that achievement?”

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Chris and his team relish the challenge of growing the business in North and East Yorkshire and around the Humber. “This is an incredibly exciting time for us and HIT Training,” he said.

“There’s great potential in the region. Now we have a new base and a bigger team, the number of people benefitting from our training and opportunities will snowball.”

With escalating university and college fees, young people are realising that apprenticeships, NVQs and other training courses are a natural alternative to amassing huge debts.

“Learning while you earn is the smart way to get a foot on the employment ladder and create your own career opportunities,” said Chris. “Gaining qualifications at work gives you the edge rather than going down the purely academic route.

HIT’s new North Yorkshire base is at Monkswell House, Manse Lane, Knaresborough. To find out more, call Chris on 07944 628495, email chris.hirst@hittraining.co.uk or visit the website www.hittraining.co.uk.

HIT Training provides hotel, hospitality and catering apprenticeships, and ongoing staff development training, at all levels and across all areas of hospitality throughout London and the UK.

Since its formation in 2006, HIT has supported 30,000 learners at more than 7,000 employer sites across the UK. Apprenticeships are available across a wide spectrum of roles from chefs, bar staff and waiters, to jobs in sales and marketing, banqueting, conferences, events and functions.