Trainee of the Year
Oliver Havers joined the BQP team in December 2017 at the age of 18 on an apprenticeship, working alongside the field staff who oversee the straw- based growing operation.
He said: “Winning this award means a lot to me – I have completed a number of courses to to try and get to where I want to be; it’s nice to be recognised.”
For the past six years, Oliver has been working on the family’s local unit in his spare time and school holidays.
He has completed an Advanced Technical Diploma in Agriculture Course at Easton and Otley College and while working full-time for BQP, he is currently completing a Level 4 Agricultural Business Management course with Shuttleworth College.
He has worked closely with the BQP vets and the breeding, growing and technical teams, while carrying out daily tasks and undertaking specific training. This has enabled him to gain an insight into the business, allowing him to move in the desired direction in his career.
His training in injectables and vaccinating has allowed him to reduce the use of mass medication on the farms he looks after.
He is being mentored by Stephen Bennett, a BQP fields person, to ensure progression within the business.
Oliver said his training in injectables and vaccinating, has allowed him to reduce the use of mass medication across the farms he looks after, in turning helping to meet the UK target reduce antibiotic use within the pig sector.
He added that captive bolt training allowed him to safely and quickly euthanise any ill pigs, to improve welfare and ensure no pigs are suffering. To comply with customer requirements, his auditing training has been essential.
Howard Revell, BQP’s pig production director, said: “Oliver works closely with farmers to improve standards on farm, in terms of performance and welfare.
“I have never seen a more capable, quietly confident 18 year old with more potential. Oliver has the potential to go to the very top of this industry.”
Looking ahead, Oliver said: “There are a lot of opportunities for me at BQP and I want to take these and work my way up.”
What the Judges said:
“Oliver is a remarkable young man – his achievements should convince anyone that training gives value for money”