F IS FOR FLORIST
AS a florist you would use your creativity and knowledge of plants and flowers to design and make up flower arrangements, bouquets and wreaths.
You could work with all kinds of flowers and display materials, including cut flowers, pot plants, dried and artificial flowers, gifts and decorations.
As a florist you would:
Help customers to choose suitable flowers and plants.
Make up bouquets and arrangements based on your own ideas, design books and your customers’ requirements.
Prepare and wire flowers for formal displays.
Advise customers on how to look after the flowers or plants they have bought.
Set up displays, for example at conferences or exhibitions.
Deliver orders to customers.
If you run your own business would also manage a budget, run a website and keep accounts.
The most common way to become a florist is to look for relevant work and train on the job, often working towards NVQs in Floristry at levels 2 and 3.
To find work you will need to be able to show that you are interested in floristry, and are likely to be good at it. Some ways of doing this are:
Attending courses in flower arranging or basic floristry at a college or adult education centre.
Joining a local flower arranging club.
Looking for opportunities to help out at a florist’s shop on a voluntary basis.
You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship scheme. The range of apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Instead of on-the-job training, you could attend a full-time or part-time course before looking for work.
NPTC Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (Floristry option); City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Design and Craft (Flower arranging option); NPTC Level 2 National Certificate in Floristry (Professional Floristry); BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Floristry or NPTC Level 3 Advanced National Certificate in Floristry (Professional Floristry).
If you go straight into a job in floristry, you will be trained on the job by an experienced florist. You could also attend college on a day release or part-time basis to work towards NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Floristry.
You can also develop your skills by doing short courses, which are run by some colleges and flower delivery services.
When you are experienced as a florist, you may be able to gain the following qualifications:
Intermediate Certificate of the Society of Floristry (ICSF) or National Diploma of the Society of Floristry (NDSF).
Society of Floristry
Tel: 0870 241 0432
National Association of Flower Arrangement Clubs
Flowers and Plants Association
Careers advice from www.learndirect-advice.co.uk