After months of planning and work behind the scenes involving the ApiNZ Education & Skills Focus Group members, Primary ITO, and numerous members of our industry, the apprenticeship qualification will be rolling out to industry this spring.
The apprenticeship is made up of two programmes, one at level 3 and the other at level 4.
The level 3 programme consists of nine practical units that will be assessed on the job at your worksite over this season, followed by three theory units delivered at a three-day block course the following winter.
The second portion is our level 4 programme, which is made up of six practical units to be assessed on the job at your worksite the following season, and a further four theory units delivered at a five-day block course during winter.
You will have 11 months to complete level 3 and a further 10 months to complete level 4, the combination of the two makes up the two-year Apiculture Apprenticeship.
We also have level 2 Primary Skills (Apiculture) and Queen Bee Rearing (Level 4) programmes in the pipeline, which will help to build a strong pathway for the apiculture industry.
Visit the Primary ITO website for full course and pathway details.