Kirsty is the youngest person to become association member

Kirsty and Colin Young.
Kirsty and Colin Young.
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An apprentice with a well-known Grantham auctioneers is doing well and has recently gained a new qualification.

Kirsty Young, an auction apprentice at Golding Young and Mawer, has successfully passed the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) Technical Award in Chattels Auctioneering.

Kirsty, 17, who is only in her second year working part-time, has become the youngest person ever to be admitted as a member of the NAVA.

She said: “I decided to start studying toward this qualification once I finished my GCSE’s and decided to follow my father, Colin Young, into the business. Growing up I have been intrigued by the weird and wonderful objects he has sold and hope one day to do a similar job to Dad, but just that bit better!

“Being the youngest ever member of NAVA is certainly a step in that direction and I am thrilled that the hard work has paid off and I have secured the Award. For me, it is not only a personal achievement but added value for the firm.”

It has been a busy period for Kirsty who has successfully managed to study for the award and combine a BTEC Business Studies course at Grantham College with part-time work at the auction houses and offices of Golding Young & Mawer.

Auctioneer, Jan Squires, who will be mentoring Kirsty post-qualification, said: “Kirsty has done extremely well in gaining her qualification at so young an age. Her ability to manage and organise studying, saleroom work, and still have a social and family life is really commendable.

“It’s good to think the feminine touch will carry on and our client bases are already taking Kirsty to their hearts as an up and coming professional.”

Managing director Colin Young said: “I’d like to say she is a chip off the old block but she’s far more hard working and determined than I ever was at her age.”