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Floristry

Our floristry courses are designed to allow students interested in a career in the floristry industry to develop the confidence, ability and skills they need whilst studying or working.

Our outstanding facilities are used extensively, these include well stocked floristry classrooms and our commercial floristry outlet - Broadview Florist - which provides a high standard of retail floristry. This ensures our students develop good vocational, practical and employability skills.

Course structure focuses on the development of floristry practical skills alongside the associated underpinning knowledge of design theory.

The subject involves conditioning and maintaining fresh flowers, foliage’s and plants and being able to develop floristry techniques and design principles.

It will also involve learning a popular range of flower, foliage and plant names as well as an introduction to creating displays to promote floristry goods and services.

All aspects of retail practices such a business management and marketing, trends and event floristry are included. Duties will also be carried out maintaining the College floristry facilities where students will develop their knowledge alongside their practical skills.

The floristry staff have a wealth of experience within the team ranging from the highest level floristry design skills with the associated underpinning knowledge to ensure every learner can achieve their optimum personal best and to be a successful retail florist. All have current industry knowledge in various sectors and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

These courses are aimed at someone who wants to either gain employment in the floristry industry or progress onto a higher level floristry course.

Partnerships for Area

British Florists Association and Institute of Professional Floristry

Careers

  • Florist
  • Display Merchandiser
  • Florist Manager
  • Floral Buyer

 

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Rebecca Yussuf

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Studying the NCFE courses gave me the confidence I needed to set up my own floristry business. 

Rebecca Yussuf
NCFE 2 & 3 in Floristry, as well as various short part-time floristry courses

Rebecca Yussuf is the owner of Lilac & Lace Floral Design, a luxury bespoke wedding florist based in Orpington. Lilac & Lace specialises in all aspects of wedding floral design, supplying wedding flowers across Kent and South-east London, and is an official supplier for Rock My Wedding, the UK's most influential brand in the wedding industry. Rebecca established the business in 2017, having completely both NCFE 2 and 3 courses at Hadlow College.

She explains her business approach:  “I take a couples hopes and dreams, whether small and intimate or grand and awe-inspiring, and turn them into a sensational reality, with the aim of surpassing all expectations. The business is growing organically and I am delighted with how it is going.”

“No one wedding is ever the same and I absolutely love how creative it is. I really can let my imagination run wild!”

Her role as a florist is hugely varied, encompassing consultations, proposals, mood boards, bucket cleaning, flower ordering, conditioning, planning and creating designs, heavy lifting, accounting and most importantly, flowering someone’s wedding day.

She explains how she came to study at Hadlow College: “My husband bought me a 10-week ‘Introduction to Floristry Course’ for my birthday. I loved it and wanted to continue my study. The part-time courses were great, as I was able to fit them around my young daughter.”

Her favourite aspect of the course was the immediate creative freedom it offered and the opportunity to create new and exciting floral designs each week. She says: “I loved watching the demonstrations by my tutor Lesley Young and then going away to decide how to make it my own. Seeing it all come to life in my hands was truly awesome. I fell in love with flowers and floristry whilst at Hadlow.”

She recalls an “incredible” study trip to Holland, visiting the auctions, the growers and receiving a masterclass from an outstanding florist. “It was great to have an understanding of where flowers come from and the path they follow to get to us florists.”

Rebecca forged some great friendships at Hadlow, which have also become important to her business network: “The florist friends I made at Hadlow are now friends for life. We even work together on large weddings, freelancing for each other.” Last October, she freelanced for Kate Collier of The Floral Magpie, who she met at Hadlow. “I have watched Kate grow as a florist, take the plunge with her beautiful hut on Herne Bay Pier and best of all, thrive.”

When asked about her career highlights to date, Rebecca replies: “The business is just under 2 years old, but it has surpassed all my expectations! Booking my first ever wedding was incredibly special – knowing that someone had that belief and trust in me to create something truly magical for their big day - it is not anything I will ever take for granted. I know how lucky I am to love my job. I have featured in a national magazine and in the incredible Rock My Wedding. I am now a recommended supplier for them and that is truly amazing!”

Does she have any advice to others seeking to get into the industry? “Believe in yourself and always keep learning. Floristry is always changing, with new products, new skills and styles, so it is important to keep up. Find your unique selling point and market yourself in that niche.”

She adds: “Studying the NCFE courses gave me the confidence I needed to set up my own floristry business. The encouragement I had from my tutors at Hadlow, along with the skills I had learnt and the confidence I had gained made me realise my dreams were possible."

https://www.lilac-and-lace.co.uk/

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