2015-03-10  

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Have You a Voice and the Skills to Pick up a Gavel?

Harrison and Hetherington are offering a training programme for budding Auctioneer’s to join their developing team.

With the emphasis on National Apprentice Week, 9th to 13th March, Harrison and Hetherington Auctioneers announce that as a result of their ongoing success that they are looking to recruit, train and develop their next generation team of Auctioneers.

David Fearon

David Fearon

Last year, transacting over 100,000 cattle and over 600,000 sheep, Harrison and Hetherington are one of the largest Livestock Auctioneering companies in the UK. They are now looking for up to 3 Trainee Auctioneers to support their existing team of 14 who operate across their seven auction centres in the North of England and South of Scotland.
Harrison and Hetherington believe that committing to and developing the young is part of its mission “to be profitable, sustainable and progressive.”

As a company they have a policy of offering long-term sustainable careers for young people. David Pritchard, Operations Director for Harrison and Hetherington said: “We are delighted to be able to offer opportunities for the young to recognise and develop their talent in this very exciting role. We have an extremely successful, tenured team and have a long tradition of developing staff and promoting from within. This is an excellent chance to develop a career with the UK’s leading Livestock marketing business.”

Harrison and Hetherington are recruiting these Trainee Auctioneers to be based initially at their Borderway Centre in Carlisle. They will undergo a comprehensive training programme which will give them experience in all aspects of the Auctioneers role. To support the in-house training scheme, they will also be encouraged to complete the part-time Livestock Market Operations and Management course at Harper Adams University College. This course is designed specifically for aspiring Auctioneers and is a route to membership of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers of Scotland (AAS).

Someone who started his career on the first rung of the auctioneering ladder is David Fearon. He joined the company straight from school aged 16. During his first year, he worked within the Livestock yard at Borderway, learning all operational and droving aspects. In his second year he worked in the administration department learning aspects of dealing with people and processing records. David then progressed to be a Trainee Auctioneer and now four years later, aged 20, he is currently selling calves and on a weekly basis store and breeding sheep along with selling machinery and other specialist sales.

David Fearon advises:
“This is a fantastic job. We all work very closely as a team and what I find most rewarding is meeting people, then selling their stock, it gives me a real sense of achievement. The more effort that you put into the job the more you will get out of it.”

Scott Donaldson, Sales Director and mentor of the team said: “This is a diverse role and one which does not require any previous experience. What we are looking for in these young people is commitment, the highest level of customer care and of course a voice. Although a full training programme is offered, some knowledge of the Livestock industry would be a distinct advantage.”

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