Beekeeping / Bee Farming Apprentice
The bee farming apprenitceship is a great opportunity for a young enthusiastic hardworking individual to make a career in one of the UKs most interesting craft/ agricultural sectors. This is a 3 year appenticeship post, following which you will gain a diploma in excellence in bee farming.
The bee farming apprentice will join our experienced team of 3, and work alongside another more senior bee farming apprentice and 2 other beekeepers. The work is mainly outside during the summer months, but inside during winter. Split between working bees in the summer and undertaking jobs in the workshop, renewing and building frames/ beehive boxes, extracting, processing, jarring and labelling honey and being involved in sparkling mead production. There will also be a large involvement in sales and attending events throughout the UK.
Beekeeping sits at the core of our operation and we are lucky to have access to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Our hives are located in a range of stunning locations across the moors and farmland of Northumberland and Cumbria and alongside managing our hives and associated products, we undertake more advanced bee husbandry including queen rearing, instrumental insemination, and production of nuclei to sell.
We want to hear from would be beekeepers who thrive in the countryside and love the outdoors and who understand the physical and emotional demands of working outside with bees, in all weathers, sometimes alone, and who have a willingness to learn new skills and techniques and the capacity to work efficiently and independently.
A full, clean driving licence as well as being able to work variable hours depending on the needs of the beekeeping season and variability in weather patterns.
If you already keep bees it would be expected that during the apprenticeship you are only involved with keeping bees for Northumberland Honey Co. This is in order to prevent any conflict of interest and potential disease transmission.
You must also not be allergic to bee stings. During the job there will be bee stings, it is an occupational hazard, but these are much less common than you would think.
On undertaking this role you will enrole on the bee farmers association apprenticeship scheme. The first 3 months will be a probabtionary period to ensure suitability for the role.
During the apprenticeship you will receive extra training including:
First Aid/ Lone Working
There is also opportunity to visit other bee farms during the apprenticeship, including if desired a seasons placement in another country. This isn’t compulsory but is an option.
Salary is in line with the apprenticeship pay scale and the living wage. Pay is reviewed on an annual basis and based on performance of the company and individuals.
The apprenticeship scheme is a three year programme, usually open to 16-24 year olds. However with our business being involved with producing and selling alcohol (Sparkling Mead) applicants will need to be over 18 to apply. Following completion of the apprenticeship you will gain a diploma in excellence in bee farming from the Wax Chandlers and Bee Farmers Association. It is also hoped for the right candidate to offer a permanent position in the company following completion of the apprenticeship.
For further information and to apply please contact
Luke or Suzie