Supporting the Industry

The Bee Farmers’ Association welcomes corporate partners. Should you be interested in supporting a specific project or initiative, perhaps to meet corporate environmental and social responsibility obligations, please contact the association.

Apprenticeship Scheme


The apprenticeship scheme is sponsored by:

  • Rowse Honey
  • The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers
  • Livery Companies Skills Council
  • BJ Sherriff
  • City & Guilds.

The Bee Farmers' Association is grateful to all of the above for generous support and long-term commitment to the scheme.

Knowledge Exchange Groups Project

The Bee Farmers' Association is additionally grateful to The Waterloo Foundation for its support of the pilot phase of the Knowledge Exchange Groups project, and to The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers for its support of the rollout of the project thereafter.

Government Funding

In relation to the apprenticeship scheme, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has provided funding to:

  • support the work of assessors, verifiers and mentors
  • investigate the broadening of eligibility criteria for entry to the apprenticeship scheme
  • create a resource of business case studies.

Defra has also provided funding to support other work of the Bee Farmers’ Association to:

  • assist establishment of the Disease Assurance Scheme for Honeybees (DASH)
  • fund education activities at regional meetings.