Rolls-Royce is seeking up to five of its current workforce to undergo training to serve as volunteer beekeepers in the company’s world-renowned Apiary. Established in 2018, the Goodwood Apiary is home to six colonies of around 300,000 English honey bees. Richard Carter Director of Global Communications at Rolls-Royce is also the Chief Beekeeper, assisted by Beekeeper Jason Hampton.
As well as feeding on the wildflowers and trees that grow across the 42 acre Rolls Royce site, the bees can forage on the manufacturing plant's sedum-rich living roof, which at around eight acres (3.2 hectares) is the largest in Britain.
Potential candidates will be invited to attend an introductory session; those selected will then receive training in beekeeping techniques and equipment, funded by the company, to prepare them for their new role. The beekeepers will work in the Apiary in their own time at weekends on a voluntary basis.