Florist

Florists sell flowers and design bouquets for weddings, funerals and special occasions.

Average salary (a year)

£12,500 Starter

to

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

28 to 30 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

How to become a florist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

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

Entry requirements

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

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in floristry.

This will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about working and training in floristry through the British Florist Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work on a market stall, at a store or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be cool.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could start your own business or become a freelance floral decorator, doing exhibition work, demonstrations and teaching.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Floristry Apprentice

  • Wage : £124.50 Weekly
  • Location: Sheffield S25 2PN

Courses In England

L2 Diploma in Floristry

  • Provider: CAPEL MANOR COLLEGE
  • Start date: 16 September 2020
  • Location: Enfield

Diploma In Floristry Level 2

  • Provider: HUGH BAIRD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: BOOTLE

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