Writtle College held the first floristry heat of the WorldSkills UK series last weekend (Sunday 15th May).
The floristry WorldSkills UK competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career in floristry and provides an opportunity for competitors to demonstrate creative and technical skills at an advanced level.
The event attracted a number of passionate and creative florists, including Writtle College students, who had to bring in one floral design and then create two designs in situ from a range of materials provided.
The competitors rose to the challenge and created innovative pieces of work. The judges were really pleased with the standard of work and Sandie Griffiths, UK Skills Manager, commented that “it was great work and has got UK Skills off to a flying start.”
The day itself was a very informative with lots of feedback, tips and hints and students went away feeling invigorated to have had the opportunity to discuss their work with the judges from the Floristry Judges Guild.
Floristry Course Manager, Julia Ryde, was delighted to be able to host the event at Writtle and said: “It is a great opportunity for students to compete on their doorstep and the information that was shared is invaluable for future competition work. I’m hoping that one of our finalists will be selected to go to the UK Skills Show in November.”
Alongside this a taster event was held with an ex-competitor sharing her insight and experiences about entering competitions.
Photo: Lead Judge, Lynda Owen (far left), competitors (central) and Judge, Sarah Cunningham (far right).