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Apprenticeship training course

Florist (level 2)

Using expertise to sell, arrange and cut flowers.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • S1 Demonstrate the different unpacking techniques for boxed, bunched and poisonous/irritant plant or flower material.
  • S2 Select and prepare appropriate containers for materials being conditioned to ensure correct hygiene procedures are followed.
  • S3 Select tools, protective clothing and equipment appropriate to the fresh materials that are being conditioned.
  • S4 Condition fresh plant materials in order of their botanical requirements. Understand the difference between the terms genus, species, variety and cultivar.
  • S5 Maintain botanical materials using accurate stock rotation to ensure that the product is sold/used in the best condition.
  • S6 Demonstrate the care and maintenance of the different plant groups covering foliage, flowering, berried, succulents, cacti, bulbs/corms, orchids and planted designs and how environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, light, water and nutrients affect them.
  • S7 Describe the common indicators of pests and disease and the action that should be taken if they are discovered. Ensure that waste is disposed of sustainably and work safely. Handle and transport plants and resources safely and efficiently covering: growing medium; containers; Tools and equipment; supports; watering devices; chemicals; delicate and robust plants; plants that can be safely lifted by one person or need more than one person.
  • S8 Understand the principles of safe lifting and handling in regard to plant transportation.
  • S9 Be able to organise yourself, prioritise your own workload/activity and work to meet deadlines.
  • S10 Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete a floral or planted design within commercial timescales and in a way that minimises waste.
  • S11 Work under time pressures.
  • S12 Interpret a customer™s requirements and manage customer™s expectations positively within the specification (budget, content, occasion, design style, client™s requirements).
  • S13 Follow company practice for costing designs and understand the need to minimise waste.
  • S14 Record and store a customer™s information in a safe location in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements.
  • S15 Demonstrate a good standard of literacy and numeracy.
  • S16 Demonstrate good communication skills and body language.
  • S17 Demonstrate basic promotional and marketing skills and awareness of social media protocol relating to the business.
  • S18 Adhere to deadlines when necessary.
  • S19 Demonstrate an awareness of targets and goals which you may be needed to deliver against.
  • S20 Display and maintain goods to their best advantage so that they remain attractive, appealing and safe to customers.
  • S21 Demonstrate good IT skills “ be able to take orders off the website and/or use the computer for order processing.
  • S22 Demonstrate the following using the Principles & Elements of design: Tied designs; Wired designs; Glued designs; Designs in a medium.
  • Prepare designs for sale and secure transportation.
  • S23 Demonstrate the following techniques: Attaching techniques – Binding, tying and knotting, glueing, pinning, stapling. Wiring techniques – Support wiring, external wiring, semi-internal wiring, internal wiring, stitching, single-leg mount, double leg mount, hook wiring, units, feathering, pipping, sepal pinning. Manipulation techniques – Basing, backing, bow making, grouping, caging, edging, layering, plaiting, pleating/folding, rolling/cupping, spiralling, taping, threading, veiling, weaving, wrapping. Water retaining techniques – Floating, floral foam, moss, tape, tubes/phials, wax and water gels/pearls.
  • Sources of inspiration: Culture, Botany, Emotion, Technique/Method, Economy.
  • Design Schema: Order category: Symmetry / Asymmetry Design classification: Decorative / Form linear / Vegetative Line direction: Radial / Parallel / Free arrangement of lines
  • S24 Maintain an effective, safe and clean working environment with particular regard to the public and colleagues.
  • S25 Maintain and handle tools, products and materials safely and in a manner than minimises waste, damage and contamination.
  • Dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.
  • Identify health and safety risks for yourself, the public or colleagues.
  • Undertake regular checks and maintenance of equipment which must be carried out according to manufacturer™s recommendations, safe use of machinery and equipment
  • Demonstrate: The awareness of risk assessments and understand their importance. Safe methods for moving and lifting items. How to find COSHH information. Why and when protective clothing and equipment should be used. The need for an accident book and know where it is kept and how it should be completed. How to report RIDDOR.

Full information on Florist (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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