Young beekeepers buzzing for scholarship
Young people interested in a beekeeping career can get a head start through a scholarship.
They are being encouraged to apply for the annual Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship, sponsored by Mossop’s Honey and Apiculture New Zealand.
The scholarship was set up three years ago as a way of giving young people the best possible start in the apiculture industry.
The scholarship includes $2000 to be put towards best practice training and set up costs. It also includes membership of industry body Apiculture New Zealand for a year and attendance at the industry’s national conference.
Last year’s recipient Angus Brenton-Rule from the Bay of Plenty, says the scholarship provided valuable support in his first year of beekeeping.
As well as allowing him to buy resources to kick-start his career, Angus welcomed the opportunity to make connections with the wider industry through his membership of Apiculture New Zealand and his attendance at their June conference.
“The conference was a really great opportunity to meet other beekeepers and hear about what’s happening in other parts of the country. I learnt lots.”
Angus has spent the last year working for Whakatane-based Golden Grove Apiaries and he's now excited about a future in the industry.
“It’s such a fun and interesting job. I definitely see it as something I want to do long-term.”
The 18-year-old advises other young beekeepers or young people interested in a career in apiculture to apply for the scholarship.
“It’s so worth it and you’ll never know unless you try. If you win, you’ll be glad you applied,” he says.
The scholarship is named after industry pioneer, Ron Mossop, who started his family beekeeping businesses in the 1940s. His business was built on values of quality and integrity, which remain at the heart of Mossop’s Honey today.
Neil Mossop says his family are thrilled to continue to support the next generation of beekeepers through the scholarship.
“Mossops Honey is committed to best practice beekeeping and the highest levels of integrity throughout our business. It is a privilege to be able to pass on those values to young beekeepers. We see the scholarship as a wonderful tribute to my father, who instilled those values in his family and business.”
Applications for the scholarship close on Friday, October 29.
For more information and how to apply, go to https://apinz.org.nz/scholarship-in-beekeeping/