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National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - Sebastian Leaver

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - Sebastian Leaver

 Seb LeaverName: SEBASTIAN LEAVER                      

Age: 23

Location: Burnley

Which housing association do you work with and at which office? OffShoots Permaculture Project

How did you get your apprenticeship? I initially volunteered at offshoots through my own funding. After volunteering for a year, I heard of a Scheme to bring “new blood” into bee farming and applied.

What are your normal working hours? 35 hrs as and when needed.

What does your day to day work involve? My job has seasonal differences, so what I do in Winter time is different to Summer.

My basic duties are to make sure the hives and colonies are in good order, maintain the records to track any trends and complete tasks set out in the by the Bee Farmers Association, which can include assembling /cleaning hives, working through my modules.
3:50 pm – Organising what tasks will be done for the following day.

Are you working towards a qualification? A BFA qualification.

What do you enjoy about your work? The variety. No two days are the same. And when it’s the “active season” for bees, I get to spend a good amount of time out site.

What’s the most challenging part of your work? The Paperwork, such as writing up Hive records or completing forms, I would struggle with being sat at a desk all day, every day.

How does working life compare with school/college life? I don’t think you can compare them if I’m honest, at school or college you are taught how to pass exams, at work you are trying to achieve goals or complete tasks, they’re a bit chalk and cheese.

What are you learning from your apprenticeship? Through my apprenticeship, you work on understanding many different aspects of what is thought a BeeFarmer needs to know. Everything from bee diseases and pest management to queen rearing and processing hive products.

What do you think your next step will be after your apprenticeship? Trying to get a job in this industry. I think at least for the next few years that I’ll be working as a BeeFarmer either here in the UK or abroad.

What are your future career goals? I would like to be able to say that I am qualified to work and run a large BeeFarm anywhere in the world.

Please write a social media post about your apprenticeship in less than 140 characters.

It’s great to #BeABeeFarmer

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