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Students create a buzz with honey sales

STUDENTS of TasTAFE’s Young Migrant Education Program (YMEP) were all abuzz recently when they took to the roof of the Bathurst Street campus to sell honey bottled from their very own beehives.

First installed on the rooftop in 2012, the beehives are part of a unique, long-term project run for TasTAFE YMEP students each year.

The project gives students the opportunity to look after bees and collect and bottle honey with the help of a local honey maker.

TasTAFE teacher David Birch said selling the ‘Roof Top Honey’ gave students the chance to practice skills across a range of areas including language, environmental studies, botany, biology and maths.

Mr Birch said this year’s group of students “really loved” being a part of the project.

“Many of the students are still at beginner level English, so serving the customers is a good experience for them,” he said.

“They’re very much involved in the whole process and it’s a great way for them to get to know each other.”

Many of the students involved in this year’s project were on a humanitarian visa and came from refugee backgrounds.

YMEP student Mahnaz Amiri said she enjoyed taking part in the beekeeping.

“It was very good and I like everything about the bees – it’s nice to sell the honey,” she said.

In addition to offering Certificates in Spoken and Written English, the YMEP program also focuses on building pathways to further study or work.

The YMEP program accepts enrolment from students aged 18-25-years.

Caption: Students from TasTAFE’s Young Migrant Education Program took to the rooftop recently to sell their homemade honey.

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