Apprentice Auctioneers Aim High

One of the UK’s leading livestock auctioneers, Harrison and Hetherington, has just announced the appointment of four apprentice auctioneers.

Paul Gardner, Joel McGarva, Joe Bowman and Ryan Munro will be based at Borderway Mart in Carlisle, but will also spend time at Harrison and Hetherington’s six other auction mart centres across the North of England and Scotland.

L-R Paul Gardner, Joel McGarva, Joe Bowman & Ryan Munro

L-R Paul Gardner, Joel McGarva, Joe Bowman & Ryan Munro

As their commitment to the industry Harrison and Hetherington want to cement their reputation as the leading livestock auctioneers, and in order to accomplish this they are making sure they have new talent coming through the ranks as David Pritchard, Operations Director at Harrison and Hetherington, explains:
“As a company we place great importance on home-grown talent, and we want to make sure we are in the right position in the future to carry this on with the next generation of auctioneers. This is ongoing for the business and the majority of the existing team have come through in this way ‘Grow your own theme’.

“The opportunity at H&H for an auctioneer beginning their career is excellent, not only will they get to experience the operation of a mart but also the livestock of seven different auction marts. They will also get to experience the other companies under the H&H Group business, such as H&H Insurance Brokers and H&H Land and Property, making this experience invaluable and something that cannot be gained elsewhere.”

Two of the four auctioneers herald from the Cumbria region from Brampton and Roweltown, with the second two from Scotland, Sutherland and Newton Stewart.

Harrison & Hetherington are the appointed auctioneers for all major beef, dairy and sheep breed societies throughout the UK. The farmstock business is well known and respected by pedigree/commercial farmers nationwide and in specialist fields worldwide.

Borderway is a UK leading livestock sale centre, and provides a service to sellers/buyers from all geographic locations, including Europe.

The apprentices will undergo a six month induction period after which the permanency of their roles within the company will be considered, and after which the commencement of the apprenticeship qualification will begin.

Throughout the six months each apprentice will gain a full understanding of the contribution from the satellite marts, as well as undertaking tasks within the administration office and yard function at Borderway Mart. With each one benefiting from their own Mentor to guide them and talk through their aspirations and objectives.

Joel McGarva Apprentice Auctioneer said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to learn the ropes from the experienced individuals that work for Harrison and Hetherington. Being able to gain knowledge and to see how such a large organisation works is something I could only gain by being an apprentice for this company.”


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