Florists sell flowers and design bouquets for weddings, funerals and special occasions.
Salary range: £10,750 to £20,000
How to become a florist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Floral Design
- Level 2 Certificate in Floristry
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Floristry
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can get into this job through an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in floristry.
This will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant in a florist’s shop and learn on the job.
Employers may want you to have some GCSEs, including maths and English, and a keen interest in floristry. Experience in retail would also be helpful, though not essential.
You can find out more about working and training in floristry through the British Florist Association.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- the ability to work on your own
- customer service skills
- active listening skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- talking to customers about their needs and helping them choose flowers and plants
- taking orders in person, on the phone and online
- keeping flowers in perfect condition
- preparing arrangements for weddings, celebrations and funerals
- learning floristry skills like wiring and presentation
- giving plant care advice
- setting up flower displays at events
- cleaning vases and keeping the shop tidy
You could work on a market stall, at a store or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be cool.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could start your own business or become a freelance floral decorator, doing exhibition work, demonstrations and teaching.