Western Australia's apiary industry is set to benefit from the first locally available traineeships in beekeeping, with the announcement today that the McGowan Government has established a new beekeeping traineeship to be offered for the first time in WA.
There are currently more than 960 registered beekeepers in WA, with more than 29,000 hives. More than 90 per cent of beekeepers are amateur beekeepers with no formal qualifications. Despite high local and international demand for WA honey, commercial apiaries have found it difficult to find suitably qualified staff to support export growth. This new traineeship will create more job opportunities, particularly at entry level, and address industry needs by supporting business expansion.
A Certificate III in Beekeeping is now available through industry-based traineeships, to help produce workers who will have the high level of skills required to maintain the world-class quality of WA's products. These formal qualifications are expected to enhance our reputation as a leading honey producer, and improve job opportunities for Western Australians.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "By listening to industry needs, we are providing Western Australians with relevant training opportunities to produce a workforce that meets the demands of our State and helps diversify the WA economy. We want to keep WA's reputation as a producer of outstanding honey and protect this natural asset while also creating WA jobs in the industry. Providing the WA apiary industry with access to local high-quality training pathways ensures job opportunities for Western Australians and a viable future for the sector."