The average age of a bee farmer in the UK is 66 years old; attracting trainees is critical. One of the companies working with the Bee Farmers Association and Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers to deliver an apprenticeship is The London Honey Company.
Under the supervision of founder Steve Benbow, Jack Silberrad (whose African-bee keeping grandfather inspired him to follow suit) is looking after hives on rooftops to moorland, learning honey cropping and processing, and taking courses including biology and botany. The QEST Highgrove Enterprises Apprenticeship will enable Jack’s salary to be raised to the National Living Wage and contribute to a placement in New Zealand.
“The London Honey Company looks after beehives on behalf of clients such as Fortnum & Mason, the Victoria and Albert Museum and DEFRA – it is an amazing environment in which to work towards my Diploma of Excellence in Bee Farming.”