College creates a buzz with new beekeeping course
The City of Liverpool College has joined forces with The Prince’s Trust and Blackburne House to launch a unique project that aims to teach young people the ancient art of beekeeping and entrepreneurial skills.
As part of the BEE You project, Blackburne House is looking for six-hundred young people aged 15-24 to learn the skills needed to build a beehive and work with the bees to extract honey. The LANTRA level One Beekeeping award will also include an element of entrepreneurship, to equip students with the knowledge and skills to take their honey products to market.
The BEE You project is part of “Our Bright Future” programme, a £33m national lottery funded project, led by The Wildlife Trust. An estimated six-hundred learners will be needed to support around two-hundred hives in developed green spaces across Merseyside, which will introduce an additional 12 million honeybees to the local area, with the potential to produce approximately 12,000 lbs of honey.
The College’s student engagement team will also offer its students a new beekeeping programme after the introduction of a new beehive and colony to the college’s Learning Exchange centre on Roscoe Street, donated to the College by Blackburne House.
Rachel Clarke, Student Engagement Officer, said: “The new beekeeping course is a great way for students to have fun and gain valuable knowledge and skills in the art of honey making. As well as learning about the environment, students will also have an opportunity to get involved in a new preserve-making enterprise, We’re Jammin, which was set up by current students at the college and supported by the College’s Students’ Union and the National Union of Students (NUS).”