Writtle University College floristry student, Jeong Hyun Kim (Joy), is celebrating having won a bronze award at the WorldSkills UK Competition at The Skill Show.
Joy, who is originally from South Korea and is studying a Professional Floristry degree, competed against other floristry students from around the UK at the event and landed third place overall.
The Writtle University College (WUC) student was given a brief in advance with the theme of 'Wedding in the country' and the three designs stated in the brief were the hanging heart, decorating obelisk and bridal design. Finalists were also informed about two surprise tasks which were revealed on the day of competition.
Joy said: “I had a fantastic time and I am thrilled and amazed to come third and receive a bronze medal. It was really hard work competing over three days and very tiring, but it was great to have the set tasks and work out what you could make from the materials provided.
“I used some of the techniques I have learnt at WUC but it was very hard as the public were watching and asking questions so it was difficult to concentrate at times. It was good that they were so interested in floristry!
“I really enjoyed the whole experience. I have met talented and creative florists. It has encouraged me to gain more confidence, I am extremely happy with bronze medal after all the hard work I have put in to this competition. It is such a rewarding event.”
Senior Lecturer Julia Ryde added: “WUC is so proud to have Joy selected to attend the Skills Show and for her to bring home a bronze was just fantastic.
“The WorldSkills events test so much more than just floristry skills which is what makes it stressful, but what also makes it great and very realistic in terms of the daily life of a florist. The designs Joy made were excellent and we really are just so proud and pleased for her. I am sure she will be going for gold next year!”