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Merrist Wood College Floristry Student is EuroSkills Hopeful

Posted on 30 May 2018
Merrist Wood College Floristry Student is EuroSkills Hopeful

Merrist Wood College student, Elizabeth Newcombe, has been chosen to represent Team UK in Floristry at EuroSkills 2018.

Taking place between 26 to 28 September, Team UK will fly to Budapest to take on Europe’s best in a broad spectrum of disciplines. The competitors all have one aim - to win a Gold medal in their chosen skill and prove they are the best in Europe.

Dr Neil Bentley, the chief executive of WorldSkills UK – the organisation that selects and trains Team UK – recently told FE Week, “Everybody is talking about Brexit and this competition is not just about showcasing that we have skills and talent in the UK, which is great to attract inward investment and trade, but also for us to learn how we benchmark ourselves against other countries skills systems.”

EuroSkills will welcome competitors from 28 European countries who will compete in 34 different skill areas, including Creative Arts and Fashion, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Construction and Building Technology, Transport and Logistics, and Social and Personal Services. Elizabeth, who is currently studying the Level 5 Masters Diploma in Professional Floristry at the College, has been picked to showcase her Floristry skills and represent Britain in the competition. Joining her in Team UK are 21 other immensely talented young people who will battle to retain the UK’s international top-10 position.

During her time at the College, Elizabeth has progressed from the Level 2 Diploma in Floristry to the Level 5 Masters Diploma in Professional Floristry. Elizabeth said “My parents have always encouraged me to be passionate about what I do in my choice of career. So far, I have worked through levels two, three, four and now five of the City and Guilds and have most definitely made the right choice!"

“My college tutor Laura has also been a great inspiration, she has taught me that attention to detail matters and the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task and to develop my own unique style.  Without her encouragement and belief I wouldn’t be here.”

Elizabeth’s tutor, Laura Hawken, said “We are extremely proud of Elizabeth. She has continually worked hard throughout her time at the College, which is evident in her achievements so far and we wish her the best of luck at EuroSkills.”

Associate Principal of Merrist Wood College, Richard Dewing said “We are thrilled with Elizabeth’s achievements so far. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to reach this stage and Elizabeth has done really well getting this far and we wish her the best of luck in Budapest.”

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