Connect2Care executive chairman John Hyde has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s official Birthday Honours list.
The news broke on the day of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations in London.
Mr Hyde who founded Connect2Care 10 years ago, was recognised for his services to apprenticeships in hospitality and care.
He will be presented with the award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year.
Mr Hyde has over 30 years’ experience in work-based learning for the hospitality and care Industries, including roles in the foundation of the work-based learning trade association for the largest training providers in the UK, and the establishment of two of the most successful providers in the sector.
The most recent, HIT Training Ltd which incorporates Connect2Care, is the largest supplier of training and apprenticeships in the hospitality and care sectors.
Since the company was co-founded in 2006 by Mr Hyde along with managing director, Jill Whittaker, it has steadily grown and has supported more than 100,000 learners and apprentices at over 22,000 employer sites.
Announcing the news, Mr Hyde said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all my staff at Connect2Care and other colleagues working to deliver apprenticeships and upskill the country.
“The satisfaction for me is seeing employees in the hotel, catering and care sectors gain skills, confidence and competence through their apprenticeship to improve their life chances and earning potential. I am proud to have facilitated the training of over 200,000 apprentices through HCITB, Hospitality Plus and now HIT (Hospitality Industry Training) and Connect2Care.”