Florist

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

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter

to

£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

28 to 30 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

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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 apprenticeship in floristry.

This will usually take 2 years to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate 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, creative flair 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

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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
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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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
  • keep up to date on new floristry techniques and trends
  • give plant care advice
  • set up flower displays at events
  • clean vases and keep the shop tidy

Working environment

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

Your working environment may be cool.

Career path and progression

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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

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 2 Florist Apprentice (Victoria Flowers)

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Birmingham

Apprentice Florist

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Derby

Courses In England

L2 Diploma in Floristry (7 units)

  • Provider: HILLINGDON LONDON BOROUGH COUNCIL
  • Start date: 01 March 2022
  • Location: Uxbridge

Floristry Level 2 BTEC Diploma

  • Provider: WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Wigan

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