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Byline: SUE KELBRICK

What does a career in floristry involve? Florists design and put together flower arrangements. Using their creative skills together with their knowledge of plants and flowers, a florist will make bouquets according to the brief given by their client.

The job involves helping customers choose suitable flowers and plants and making up bouquets and arrangements based on your own ideas, design books and the customer's own requirements. You would also need to be able to prepare flowers for formal displays, advise customers on how to look after the flowers and deliver orders to customers.

What skills are needed? As well as creative ability you should have good practical skills.

You need to be able to communicate clearly with your customers and have a friendly and helpful manner.

What training do you need? The most common way to become a florist is to find relevant work and train on the job while completing work-based qualifications.

In order to improve your chances of gaining employment it is worth doing a course in flower arranging or basic floristry at a college, joining a local flower arranging club or even offering to work as a volunteer in a florist to prove your enthusiasm for the job.

Alternatively, you can do a full or part-time course before looking for work.

Courses are offered at various levels depending on the qualifications or experience you already have.

Relevant courses include a Certificate in Introductory Floristry Lantra Awards Level 1, a Diploma in Floristry NPTC Level 2 award and certificate, and a Diploma in Floristry BTECs levels 2 and 3. More experienced florists can work towards additional qualifications including NPTC Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry, NPTC Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry or an NVQ Level 4 in Floristry Business Management. What are the opportunities for career progression? As a trained and experienced florist, you could start a business running your own florist shop with a view to opening additional shops at a later date.

You could also take further training and move into areas such as freelance floral decoration, floral design, exhibition work, demonstration and teaching.

What is the salary? (Guideline only) Experienced florists can earn PS16,000-PS18,000 a year, while managers can earn around PS25,000 a year.

. ? National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, www.nafas.org.uk ? British Florist Association, tel: 0844 800 7299 ? Information only. Jobs not necessarily available

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 20, 2012
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