Local florist competing to be crowned the UK’s finest

Laura Williams, who is currently studying Floristry at Bridgwater & Taunton College is preparing to compete in the WorldSkills UK National Final at The Skills Show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 16 - 18 November 2017.

Laura won her place in the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions after scoring highly in the national heats held across the UK, run in partnership with The British Florist Association. 

When asked about this exciting achievement Laura said,

"I entered the heat based at the Cannington campus of Bridgwater & Taunton College and I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to further my own personal development by working alongside like-minded people and learning from the best of the best in our industry."

Sandie Griffith, Training and Education Manager of the British Florist Association said,

"The Skills Show is where the best compete at the highest level in their chosen skill. It raises levels of expertise which, in turn helps us benchmark our apprenticeships and training programmes.  I am proud of all the competitors who have made it to this year’s national final. Working with this young emerging talent is truly inspiring, and helps our industry get the recognition it deserves."

The WorldSkills is the UK’s largest skills and careers show for young people, providing an inspiring insight into the world of work. The WorldSkills UK Competitions run in over 50 skilled areas – including construction, engineering, digital and hospitality, to name but a few. The aim is to advance an individual’s apprenticeship or training programme by enhancing their employability skills. Entry to the event is free of charge.

In addition to watching the UK’s top trainees go head-to-head in the WorldSkills UK finals, visitors to The Skills Show will have a wealth of talks and activities to explore, from discovering all manner of skilled vocations, to meeting independent careers advisers’ on hand to provide impartial advice and guidance on the best routes to take. Visitors can also find out more about live employment and training vacancies available during ‘Sign Up Saturday’, which takes place on 18 November.

Register to attend The Skills Show for free here. 

If you think you'd like to study a Floristry course at Bridgwater & Taunton College or if you'd like to study a higher floristry course with the University Centre Somerset, please contact our information and guidance team on 01278 441234, info@bridgwater.ac.uk or apply online. 

About the British Florist Association

The British Florist Association is the voice of the independent florist, representing the profession to consumers, media and government. The BFA works to drive floristry standards and help florist businesses in high streets and flower studios compete and thrive throughout the UK.