You will be provided with a broad range of skills required to work competently within the floristry industry. Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the floristry industry.
You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.
You will need:
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
The course includes:
Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.
You are required to wear protective clothing and have suitable tools and equipment such as an apron/tabard, scissors, small knife, secateurs, flowers, foliages and writing materials. You will be given full details of these at interview.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required.
You can progress to employment in the floristry industry or to higher education where you could take a:
Sarah-May Anderson's Saturday job in a fruit and veg shop sowed the seeds of an idea which led to her own floristry shop.
And while the bunches on sale at her part-time work first fired her imagination, it was the broad spectrum of Derby College's full time Level 3 Floristry course which inspired her to enrol.
Sarah-May, now 28, completed the two year course at Broomfield College after leaving school. She took time out from floristry and admin jobs to start a family – she has a little boy, Hunter, who is now three-and-a-half.
Last year Sarah-May followed her dream using the enterprise skills she gained at Broomfield and launching her business Stems From The Heart in Long Eaton.
The course appealed to me in the first place because it gave a lot more than just floristry – it was quite detailed.
It went into business planning, admin, spreadsheets, legislation relating to the workplace and insurance. I learned about design and interior design and costings.
On the floristry side, I didn't know much about flowers, or even most of their names when I started. I was at college fulltime for two years and leaned all I needed to know to start off. Put it like this - I don't think I'd be standing here without it.