A Florist will combine a love of flowers with artistic talent to create arrangements and floral displays. This may be for weddings, funerals, arrangements for birthdays and other occasions. Florists will deal with members of the public or businesses to establish their needs and fulfil their requirements.
You could start out by getting work with a florist and training on the job to get work-based qualifications. You’ll find it easier to get work if you have:
- English and maths skills
- a keen interest in floristry
- experience in retail
If you don't have experience, you could get this by volunteering in a florist’s shop. You can find a local florist through the British Florist Association (BFA).
You can get qualifications in floristry by doing a college course or apprenticeship.
For a level 2 course or intermediate apprenticeship, you’ll usually need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and maths.
For a level 3 course or advanced level apprenticeship, you’ll usually need 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths. On a level 3 college course, you’ll need to get a training placement – your college will help you with this.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could start your own business or become a freelance floral decorator, doing exhibition work, demonstrations and teaching.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Garden nursery assistant
- Horticultural worker
- Interior designer
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- An eye for colour
- Good people skills as you will be dealing with members of the public
- Practical skills
- An interest in horticulture and the ability to know how to look after plants and flowers
£10,750 to £20,000