Lanark pupils sold on careers...

Lanark pupils sold on careers at livestock auction mart

Lanark pupils sold on careers at livestock auction mart

A member of staff at one of Scotland’s major livestock auctioneering firms, Lawrie & Symington, has been selling the exciting career opportunities in the sector to pupils from two Lanark schools.

Auctioneer and event manager, Willie McCulloch, visited Lanark Grammar School and Robert Owen Memorial Primary School to provide an insight into life working at an auction mart and the employment pathways youngsters may want to consider.

Willie, who first joined the company as an office junior and progressed up the ladder, took part in Lanark Grammar School’s S3 skills workshop (24th and 25th Jan) and gave a presentation to P6 pupils at Robert Owen Memorial Primary School (2nd Feb).

He said: “Auctioneering is a specialist profession and good auctioneers are very hard to come by. We’re keen to raise awareness of our work, particularly amongst local people, and let them know what it is we do. The industry needs to inspire more youngsters to consider this as a career path.

“The pupils were taking in what was being said and given the chance to auction an item. We typically look for people who are keen to learn and can adapt to various situations, qualifying as an auctioneer would require completing a four-year course at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.”

SQA National Five passes in English and Maths are required for entry on the university course.

Located nearby Lanark Grammar School, Lawrie & Symington was one of several local businesses as well as larger national firms to attend the workshop.

Graeme Blackwood, Developing the Young Workforce lead and teacher of technical at Lanark Grammar School, said: “This event is massively valuable in the Developing the Young Workforce initiative and the involvement of local employers in this is hugely important. The workshop helps inform the kids on routes they might want to take in their careers and the skills they will require.”

Lawrie & Symington employs 68 staff across its two sites and has an annual turnover of £3.25m. Last year, the business marked its 150th year of livestock auctioneering.