A floristry student from South Staffordshire College has won through to the finals of a national competition.
Isabel Garbett, 18 from Burntwood, will compete in the WorldSkills National Final at NEC Birmingham in November, after qualifying in the semi-finals at RHS Tatton Park.
Currently studying Level 3 Floristry at the College’s Rodbaston Campus, Isabel was given the theme of Hearts and Flowers and had to design and create a free standing structure. She was allowed to make this prior to the competition and decorate it during the competition.
She also had to make a hand-tied design in a frame work. She planned the design and took the materials but had to produce the design at the venue.
The competitors were also given a surprise item to produce. They were given a chair to decorate but and did not know what it would be or what materials they would have to work with until they were at the event.
Isabel is thrilled to get through to the finals, saying “It was really exciting and fun knowing that this round could get me through to the final. I really enjoyed being under pressure and having to create and finish a design within a time scale.
I'm really excited about the next round and can't wait to compete. It's going to be very challenging but really fun at the same time and I would encourage other floristry students to go for it, as competitions help you build up your speed, help you advance in your techniques and help you develop your own style”.
WorldSkills UK is a framework of regional and national skills competitions delivered each year across the UK for young people and adults. The WorldSkills competitions aim to showcase excellence and help lift standards of training and performance to promote World Class skills. South Staffordshire College has an excellent track record in the WorldSkills arena, with a Floristry student representing Team UK in the International Finals in London in 2011.