We would like to request your assistance with the final stages of the APIARY National Occupational Framework. Producers from your Association have volunteered their time to help create detailed descriptions of what people need to do and know to be successful for key roles in a farm operation:

    1. Apiary labourer – entry
    2. Apiary worker – experienced
    3. Supervisor
    4. Manager

Your help is critical to ensure that the information is accurate and complete!  WHY?

By capturing the tasks involved for the four distinct roles within Apiary, this information will be used to create Job Ads, Job Descriptions, Interviewing Questions, On-the-Job-Training, Performance Management and e-Learning tools which will serve as a benchmark against which to recruit, select, train and develop employees. These are tools being developed for your sector and you can find out what experts like yourself have identified as best practices and expectations. These tools will be available to you through your Association.

Four surveys have been prepared.  You can complete one or more of the surveys – it’s your choice and each survey focuses on 1 of the 4 roles.  What is really important is that the person completing the survey has an in-depth understanding of what a person needs to know and do to be successful so we invite you to send the invitation to members of your staff as well.

Apiary Labourer: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CAHRC/apiarylabourer/

Apiary Worker: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CAHRC/apiaryworker/

Apiary Supervisor/Technician: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CAHRC/apiarysupervisor/tech

Apiary Manager/Apiarist: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CAHRC/apiarymanager/apiarist

Each survey will walk you through two documents:

        1. National Occupational Standard:  a list of the tasks organized by major task areas – representing what the person needs to do.
        2. Competency Profile:  a collection of competencies and related observable behaviours required to successful carry out the identified tasks.

Each survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  It is highly recommended that each survey is completed in one sitting. However, you can complete the survey in more than one sitting provided you are the only person using your computer to complete this survey.

Note: The survey will be available online from January 4 to January 18, 2017.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Confidentiality and Privacy

The information you provide will be confidential and combined with other responses during the reporting phase. The raw data will be reviewed and compiled by an external consultant and will not be distributed to any third-party organizations.

All sections of the survey are optional, however the more information you provide the more accurate the results of the survey. If you provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you may be approached by the external consultant or by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council for further involvement in this project. Your information will be stored separately from the rest of the data collected in the survey to ensure the confidentiality of your responses. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tracy Biernacki-Dusza, Project Manager, 613-745-7457 x225.

Thank you again for your valuable input.


Importation of Bees in Saskatchewan

Important Notice:
The SBA Board is concerned about the negative impact of bees on comb approved for import into Saskatchewan. Please direct your concerns regarding the importation of bees on comb to the Honourable Lyle Stewart, or our Provincial Specialist in apiculture Geoff Wilson