Florist apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Floral Design
- Level 2 Certificate in Floristry
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Floristry
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a Level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course
You can get into this job through a Level 2 apprenticeship in floristry.
This will usually take 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider. You'll usually need:
some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You could start as an assistant in a florist's shop and learn on the job.
Employers may want you to have some GCSEs, including maths and English, and a keen interest in floristry. Experience in retail would also be helpful, though not essential.
Florist apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- the ability to work on your own
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Florist apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you could:
- arrange displays of plants and flowers to attract customers
- talk to customers about their needs and help them choose flowers and plants
- take orders in person, on the phone and online
- keep flowers in perfect condition
- prepare arrangements for weddings, celebrations and funerals
- learn new floristry skills like wiring and presentation
- give plant care advice
- set up flower displays at events
- clean vases and keep the shop tidy
You could work on a market stall, at a store or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be cool.
Career path and progression - Florist apprenticeships
With experience, you could start your own business or become a freelance floral decorator, doing exhibition work, demonstrations and teaching.