Cert III in Beekeeping now available as a school-based traineeship

The NSW Agrifood ITAB has succeeded in getting the Certificate III in Beekeeping on the NSW Government Smart and Skilled list.  As a result, the qualification is now heavily subsidised for industry and is now also available as a school-based traineeship free of charge. This is the first time that the qualification is available to high school students in NSW and potentially Australia. This will allow high school students to do the Certificate III in Beekeeping as part of their HSC as well as work as a beekeeper while at school.

Representatives from the NSW Department of Education are currently working with high schools in the northern rivers and mid north coast to recruit interested participants. They have reported that there has been great interest in participating in this trail from school students.

For this pilot to be successful, it is essential that commercial beekeepers support the initiative and employ a trainee. Beekeepers are required to employ a student for a minimum of 120 days. Wage rates are according to the National Pastoral Award for school-based trainees.
Two showcase days for students, teachers, careers advisors and employers are planned the far north coast and mid north coast in October 2017.

​For more information please contact Melissa Wortman at the NSW Agrifood ITAB on 0421 830 056 or melissa@nswagrifooditab.com.au or Bruce White on 96346792 or bruceandlynn@outlook.com.