One of the main functions of the Fleet Beekeepers Association is to promote best practice through beekeepers training using a combination of both classroom delivered theory and practical sessions mainly held at our dedicated training apiary, but also sometimes at members apiaries as part of a social gathering.
We provide training for new beekeepers up to the Basic Assessment standard as promoted by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). This is our “Beekeeping for Beeginners” course run on an annual basis starting each February and continuing over the next two years to teach new members all the skills they need to become competent, confident beekeepers.
This course starts with a series of seven weekly evening theory sessions followed by practical teaching sessions in our training apiary at approximately two-week intervals throughout the active beekeeping season from April until October. The following winter we organise further theory sessions on more advanced subjects such as recognising and treating diseases and swarm management/collection.
At some point after that assuming the trainees have had their own bees for at least a year, we will coach and encourage them to take the BBKA Assessment to turn them from people who keep bees to true Beekeepers!
For those members wishing to develop their skills further beyond this level we organise regular lectures with expert speakers on all areas of bees and beekeeping throughout the year. We also encourage those members with their Basic certificate to continue developing advanced skills including Queen rearing and swarm collections and subsidise those members wishing to take further BBKA theory modules and/or the General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry assessments.