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In 20211, there were 2,830 (rounded)  learners enrolled in beekeeping, with 20.3% beekeeping learners identifying as Māori and 49% of beekeeping learners identifying as women.  

Most qualification or programme delivery for beekeeping in 2021 occurred in the Manawatu-Wanganui region and the Bay of Plenty Region2.

In 2021, the qualification completion rate (provider-based) for beekeeping was 71.3% and programme completion rate (industry training) was 79.5% for beekeeping.  

Eighty-six percent of beekeeping learners were enrolled with a provider as students, 11% of learners were enrolled as apprentices, and 3% were enrolled as industry trainees in 2021, with 83% of beekeeping learners enrolled at NZQF level 3 and 21% enrolled at NZQF level 4.  

Apiculture learners by level of study, 2011 - 2022  

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

There appears to have been a Level 2 beekeeping qualification/programme available between 2014 and 2018. There has been a Level 4 qualification/programme available since 2018 and the number of learners enrolled at NZQF Level 4 has substantially increased year on year rising from 40 learners in 2018 to 600 learners in 2021.  

Apiculture learners by learner type, 2011 - 2022

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

From 2011 to 2021 there were large increases in the number of beekeeping learners from 85 learners enrolled in 2011 to 2,830 learners enrolled in 2021. For the years 2011-2021 the majority of learners are enrolled with a provider as students, but since 2018 some learners have also been enrolled as apprentices. Thirty learners were enrolled as apprentices in 2018 and this increased nearly ten-fold to 300 learners enrolled as apprentices in 2021. 


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1. 2021 refers to reporting year. The reporting year as provided in Ngā Kete is the year the learner was enrolled in a Tertiary Education Organisation. Where a learner’s enrolment starts in one year and ends in another, the learner will be reported in each year.

2. Note that region refers to where the qualification or programme of delivery occurred, not necessarily where the learner resides.