The UK Careers Fair logo
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
HomeAbout2024 ScheduleEventsNewsJobsLondon
Exhibit With UsBook A Stand
Contact Us
Job Guides
5 min read

How To Become A BeeKeeper

Sadly, I don’t tend to see many bees any more. I remember that in those carefree days when I was younger, bees were a natural part of being outside and it would be fascinating to watch them during the warmer months as they busied themselves in the gardens and beyond.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
July 8, 2024

Sadly, I don’t tend to see many bees any more. I remember that in those carefree days when I was younger, bees were a natural part of being outside and it would be fascinating to watch them during the warmer months as they busied themselves in the gardens and beyond. I have witnessed several fascinating swarms of bees which is where the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees to form a new colony and contrary to belief, bees are not aggressive but more focused on the job that they are doing and will not sting humans or animals without provocation. When they sting, it triggers alarm pheromones that can attract other bees to the threat, increasing the likelihood of being stung multiple times!

Unfortunately, bees are in serious decline within the UK with numerous factors being to blame which include the intensification of farming, loss of natural habitat, climate change and the increased use of pesticides being widely used. The charitable company ‘Friends of the Earth’, states that since World War Two, an astonishing 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost which leaves bees with very little habitat in which to thrive. That is quite a depressing thought.

So , if you are fascinated by these intelligent little insects, you may want to become a beekeeper but what does the job entail? Well, the tasks can be extremely varied indeed and will obviously change with the seasons but generally you will be expected to be able to build new hives for bees while having the competence to perform repairs where necessary. You must be able to introduce new bee colonies as well as identifying when bees are displaying signs of disease or pests. You may be required to breed queen bees and initiate new colonies. You will have extensive knowledge on collecting and the safe storage of  honey from the bees and once you gain enough expertise and experience, you may be in charge of others and be responsible for teaching them about the role of beekeeper.

Many individuals already possess a keen interest in bees or the natural environment in general. Some colleges will offer courses that teach some of the skills that are required to enter into the field of beekeeping but there are numerous short and intensive courses that focus purely on beekeeping. There are also numerous beekeeping groups scattered around the country who can offer advice, as well as several apprenticeship schemes available. The British Beekeeping Association offers excellent advice and information for those who have an interest in bees and they offer invaluable resources and training courses.

Beekeepers will need to have the ability to work alone, be adept with their hands and be able to cope in sometimes stressful situations.  They will have a sound knowledge of biology and be able to operate the appropriate equipment used as well as having a good understanding of the protective clothing which is necessary for beekeepers. Having the ability to think quickly and to pay attention to even the slightest detail will be essential.

Beekeepers can work in a variety of settings which may include commercial apiaries which are large scale beekeeping operations where beekeepers manage numerous hives for honey production, pollination services and breeding of bees. In addition to this, smaller scale apiaries, farms and farm shops, conservation areas, private estates and gardens, beekeeping associations and research and conservation facilities are all areas that they may be able to work.  Beekeeping is such a fascinating and diverse field that offers worthwhile opportunities in various environments where a beekeeper contributes significantly to agriculture, conservation, education and the local communities.

Weekly newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter to keep updated with the latest insights for the freshest trends and know-how in the career realm.
By submitting, you are agreeing to receive our weekly newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to receive these updates.
Read about our privacy policy.
Thank you! You're now subscribed to the latest news from The UK Careers Fair.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Latest News

Dive into our latest insights for the freshest trends and know-how in the career realm, updated daily.
Careers Advice

Resourceful Financial Moves - Job Seekers

Joanna Clare
|
Content Manager
July 19, 2024
5 min read
Graduate Advice

Navigating UK Visa Options For International Graduates

Joanna Clare
|
Content Manager
July 18, 2024
5 min read
Business Advice

Why Social Media Is Essential In Business

Joanna Clare
|
Content Manager
July 18, 2024
5 min read

Upcoming Events

Check out our full and comprehensive list of upcoming events.

Liverpool Careers Fair
August 1, 2024
Manchester Careers Fair
August 2, 2024
York Careers Fair
August 7, 2024
Bristol Careers Fair
August 7, 2024
Darlington Careers Fair
August 8, 2024
Exeter Careers Fair
August 8, 2024
Southampton Careers Fair
August 9, 2024
Harrogate Careers Fair
August 9, 2024
Brighton Careers Fair
August 14, 2024
Loughborough Careers Fair
August 14, 2024
Reading Careers Fair
August 15, 2024
Milton Keynes Careers Fair
August 16, 2024
Swansea Careers Fair
August 21, 2024
Stoke-on-Trent Careers Fair
August 21, 2024
Portsmouth Careers Fair
August 21, 2024
Doncaster Careers Fair
August 22, 2024
Worcester Careers Fair
August 22, 2024
Inverness Careers Fair
August 23, 2024
Sunderland Careers Fair
August 28, 2024
Preston Careers Fair
August 28, 2024
Middlesbrough Careers Fair
August 29, 2024
Wigan Careers Fair
August 29, 2024
Carlisle Careers Fair
August 30, 2024
Hull Careers Fair
August 30, 2024
Shrewsbury Careers Fair
August 30, 2024
Guildford Careers Fair
August 30, 2024
Colchester Careers Fair
September 4, 2024
 TAKE ME THERE