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The Career Course 10am-4pm
This course (run over ten sessions) will allow frustrated florists to fulfil their floral dreams! If you would prefer a course NOT directed at starting at business please look at The Flower Edit…this is run over eight sessions starting on 17th May 2023- just scroll through on the calendar to this date and you’ll be able to click and see all the details.
3rd/4th/5th/10th/18th/24th MAY, 1st/8th/15th/22nd JUNE 2022 (FULL)
23rd/24th/25th AUGUST, 2nd/16th/23rd SEPTEMBER, 7th/14th/21st/28th OCTOBER 2022 (FULL)
24th/25th/26th OCTOBER, 4th/11th/16th/17th/18th/24th/25th NOVEMBER 2022 (SPACES)
15th/16th/17th/24th/31st MARCH, 14th/21st/28th APRIL, 5th/12th MAY 2023 (SPACES)
- Each session we will cover a different aspect of floral design, looking at the theory behind the designs and then creating them to take home.
- The emphasis will be on covering a wide variety of designs that any working florist would be expected to know.
- There is a whole session dedicated to the business of floristry too….you will have all the know how to start your own business after the course.
- There is ongoing mentoring and support once you finish too.
- The course is structured to allow the greatest opportunity for practice and study in between sessions
- We generally start with three intensive days together and then change to once every week or two for seven further sessions
- A ‘Secret’ What’s App group is set up for each course so there is ample opportunity for contact with each other and the tutor between sessions. This remains open after the course finishes.
- The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group -feel free to join now!) is available for work experience and job opportunities
- We are working towards being as Eco aware as possible but still use some Bio foam to teach some of the key designs. Eco alternatives will be discussed (or used) for every design you learn so you will have a good working knowledge that can be topped up with the ‘Going Green’ or many of the other foam free courses. See mechanics in italics below for each design.
- All our waste is separated and composted where applicable .
Please look at the dates above for courses ongoing and in the near future…click on any Career Course in the calendar to be taken to the booking page.
The course includes an accompanied trip to Covent Garden Flower Market (travel costs etc at own expense)
On completion of the course you will receive a Certificate (valid for CPD), a new floristry career and friends for life!
The course includes all materials and refreshments.
Please bring your own lunch.
You also receive a toolbox with scissors, knife, rose stripper etc to get you started….
Suitable for all levels. You take all your designs home with you.
We are happy to accept payments of £500 to secure your place. If you need to change dates you can transfer the payment to the next floristry Career Course or an alternative course. We can create a payment plan to suit you.
If you would like to chat to any of the past students do just let us know and we will put you in touch…feel free to join The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group) too to see what everyone is up to and see how many job opportunities we can offer…
We are happy to teach the course One to One on dates to suit you (1-1 rates apply)
- On completion of the course you will become eligible for lifetime, FREE access to Flower Therapy sessions. You will still need to book online but you will pay nothing. Please click on the course link from the calendar to see what this entails..
- You will also EACH receive an hours’ mentoring with Georgia after the course finishes (to be taken with 12 months of your finish date) to help you plan your next steps or go over anything you need to.
- I do not disappear into a cloud of smoke I will be by your side FOREVER….as much or as little as you need me.
- Books, websites and information sources
- Dealing with wholesalers -the supply chain
- Working with floral foam -pros and cons
- Table Arrangements -considerations/transport/containers etc
- Introduction to the first of the ‘must know’ shapes
- *Low circular, wreath arrangement -circle (key shape 1) (Oasis recyclable base with Bio foam)
- Sourcing and Conditioning materials and establishing a toolbox
- *Tall riser stand as a high arrangement – sphere (key shape 2) (moss sphere with chicken wire)
- Transference of techniques to other designs
- Flowers for the Home – Retail designs -how to price for retail (versus event)
- Taking card payments etc -options
- Reducing wastage
- Health and Safety and Legal requirements/insurance etc -risk assessments, COSHH, ROSPA etc
- Wrapping techniques -Six point wrapping, ‘Chelsea’ and counter wrap
- *Spiralled Hand Tied Bouquet and Aqua Pack
- Mood Board -discussion and homework…
- Presentation of your Mood Board
- SWOT analysis, GANT charts etc
- Your business plan and route to market..
- The Business of floristry- set up/accountants etc
- Business registration, branding, website etc
- Social Media -how to use to your advantage
- *Top table Arrangement (Key shape 3) (‘Oasis ‘Floral Fibre’)
- Funerals -How to take a funeral order -considerations/requirements
- Funeral designs -discussion and demo/practice of ‘ribboning’ for based designs
- ECO week -all the techniques explained
- *Single ended coffin spray (Cross- key shape 4) (Sphagnum moss, compostable container and bags as the medium)
- Wedding consultations
- Wedding/Event pricing
- Terms and Conditions
- The enquiry process
- Presentation of designs
- Hiring kit to brides
- Wedding Fairs/promotion etc
- *Hand Tied wedding bouquet with ribboned handle,
- Discussion of ‘egg’ technique…how to create loose, trailing ‘on trend’ wedding bouquets…
- Contract design- the ins and outs -pitching, maintenance, design, price points etc..
- Elements and Principles of Design -the theory behind design
- * ‘Free flowing’ footed urn arrangement -The Instagram Urn’ – (chicken wire and a pin holder) (key shape 5 -the 3D Triangle).
- Wiring Week -all the techniques
- *Buttonholes and corsages
- *Flower Crowns
- Working on site -legalities and logistics
- Working as a freelancer (dictated flower choice -how will you feel?!)
- Large scale designs -issues?
- Transportation/Logistics etc
- * Pedestal arrangement in a large footed urn (Oasis Bio floral foam)
- *Meadow Box (moss and chicken wire)
- Consolidation of learning ‘Test’ -written, marked in class (not pass or fail!)
- Where from here -options
- Flower Therapy and mentoring invitations! How to stay in the loop…
“How do we adequately thank you for everything you have taught us: flowers and more. The best course I have ever done!” Lisa
“The course was filled with love, laughter, support and genuine encouragement. Not just from Georgia but from Christine who was assisting Georgia and all the other girls on the course. Each week we would learn different sections of floristry as well as be able to practice and each week one or a few of the girls would have woes and worries about their new business ventures and we’d all listen and support each other, giving advice and brain storming to try and sort any problem out” Jenna
“Just a wee note to say a HUGE thank you for such a wonderful couple of months on the Career Change Course. I have loved every minute of it and will miss my weekly dose of the TSFS medicine! You are a fantastic teacher and mentor and you offer such a unique and nourishing learning environment.” Emma
“Such a wonderful course, I’ve absolutely loved it! Each of the sessions were so well planned; the perfect mix of information, practical work and cake!
“It really is a career changer, I feel like I have everything I need to get started as a florist now and very supported, I know there is a whole network of support from the others on the course as well as Georgia and the forum which is very reassuring”
“Would 100% recommend, I’ve already earmarked a whole list of further courses I want to do at The Sussex Flower School! ” Laura
“I have just completed the course for a career change with the most wonderful Georgia. This has been the best experience of my life and not only inspirational but truly motivating, encouraging and enlightening. Anyone that is looking for a new direction and a future full of promise need look no further” Maranda