Florists are the make up artists of apologies, welcomes and goodbyes. They adorn our lives with the beauty of nature twisted into the wreaths of man, and it takes skill, creativity, taste and a good eye for colour to be successful.
The best way to employment as a florist is to get on the job training or an apprenticeship, combined with an NVQ or SVQ levels 2 and 3 in Floristry. There are different types of course, including City & Guilds and EDEXCEL BTECs. Those people who have little or no experience should try to build it by volunteering part time at a florists, or by joining a flower arranging club locally. Both recruitment agencies and employers look favourably on experience and good references.
Salaries for florists range between £12,000 p.a. and £35,000 p.a. although the higher end of the scale is reserved more for shop managers than ordinary florist staff.
Florists should be creative people with an artistic flair, but this shouldn't detract from a sensible business head. The types of knowledge needed for the job include knowing the life span and quality of the flowers and plants being used, in order to understand the suitability for their inclusion in a floral piece. This requires a logical mind with a head for figures as well as colours and beauty.