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Double HIT Hero win for Compass during National Apprenticeship Week


Compass Group UK & Ireland is celebrating as Senior Sous Chef, Jodie Plummer, wins ‘Chef Apprentice of the Year’ and Compass is crowned ‘Large Employer of the Year’ for the second year in a row, in the HIT Heroes Awards.

The awards, announced during National Apprenticeship Week, recognise apprentices and employers in the hospitality sector who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to training. HIT Training, one of the UK’s leading hospitality training providers, holds the HIT Awards every year to unmask talent in the hospitality industry and celebrate success in the workplace. The awards for employers applaud those who have gone the extra mile in driving training and staff development forward in the sector. 

The HIT Heroes ‘Chef Apprentice of the Year’ award went to Jodie Plummer, for her outstanding attitude to learning as an apprentice on the esteemed ‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ programme. Judges were blown away by her willingness to never ‘shirk away from a challenge’ and her incredible commitment to learn.

The HIT Heroes ‘Large Employer of the Year’ was given to Compass Group UK&I for the game-changing launch of the ‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ apprenticeship programme in partnership with HIT Training Chef Academy. The training programme was highly praised by judges for bringing chef leaders of the future together across a variety of sectors and businesses to provide apprentices with a unique experience.

Judges praised the programme as “an incredibly well organised, resourced and promoted programme that provides an innovative platform for development.” They added that “support for the apprentices was strong with a dedicated team and flexibility.”

In response to the double Compass win, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers, Compass Group UK & Ireland, Jonathan Foot, said:      

“To win these awards is a credit to our team and all the apprentices we have within our organisation, especially Jodie who has thrived as part of the ‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ programme. Growing and developing our people is at the heart of our approach to nurturing our colleagues, to ensure they can continue to progress. A big thank you to everyone involved in winning these awards.”

Managing Director at HIT Training, Jill Whittaker, added: “We are thrilled to be celebrating an incredible year for our 2022 HIT Heroes winners. At HIT, we believe 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.

“We applaud Jodie’s amazing dedication to her apprenticeship and wish her every success in the future. We also congratulate Compass and look forward to working with them on future projects.”

HIT Heroes showcases a diverse range of apprenticeships in hospitality with categories ranging from Chef Apprentice of the Year, Leadership Apprentice of the Year and Extra Mile Apprentice of the Year. There are also separate awards for small, medium and large employers with an overall best apprentice and best employer announced too.

Jodie Plummer - HIT award winner