Writtle College Senior Floristry Lecturer Julia Ryde has attended the House of Commons launch of the new Institute of Professional Florists.
Julia, a British Florist Association (BFA) judge, went to the prestigious event hosted by Graham Brady MP at the House of Commons, London, on Thursday 15 January.
The Institute - the new arm of the BFA which focuses on training and education - is a positive development for the floral industry. It aims to promote professional floristry and to regulate the industry with a framework of qualifications that members can aspire to at the various stages of their career, from level 1 beginner to degree level.
Julia is part of the committee and will help to raise standards in training and education.
She said: “I was thrilled and honoured to be invited to such an exciting event as this, particularly in the House of Commons.
“I have always been passionate about raising standards through education and this is an ideal way to network with other like-minded people for the good of the industry.
“Writtle College’s degree in Floristry offers students the opportunity to develop their skills to the highest level. With the Institute now promoting the opportunities in education, we hope to encourage more people into this professional and highly rewarding industry, which offers exciting careers for those with creativity and business acumen.”
Photograph shows, left to right, Julia Ryde, Writtle College, and Helen Evans, New Covent Garden Market. Credit theflorist.co.uk