Posted on 24 September 2019
Former Merrist Wood Floristry student Elizabeth Newcombe has had an amazing journey since she completed her Level 5 Floristry course at the College in July 2018.
Since then, Elizabeth has enjoyed success at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including winning gold and ‘Young Florist of the Year 2019’ for her Royal Floral Crown. Elizabeth has also been working closely with WorldSkills UK and was lucky enough to compete as a part of Team UK for the World Champion title in Floristry, in Russia this August, having already been part of Team UK last year and receiving a Medallion of Excellence.
Elizabeth was interviewed on BBC Breakfast Live on Wednesday 14th August (National BTEC Day) on behalf of WorldSkills UK, to discuss her journey as a young person in further education and how apprenticeships/Further Education courses can benefit young people and our country. Click here to watch the interview.
Elizabeth remembers one of her personal highlights during the WorldSkills competition in Russia – “Although I have had so many amazing opportunities at WorldSkills UK, the best part for me was walking out onto the stage in front of 47,000 people during the opening ceremony in Kazan, with the rest of our Team, to represent the United Kingdom whilst my friends and family were watching on TV at home. It was a breathtaking experience and it’s so amazing where WorldSkills UK can take you.”
Elizabeth went on to win a Medallion of Excellence at the WorldSkills competition which places her in the top 5 in the world for her work at the competition. She feels she has learnt so much throughout the whole process which she can take forward into starting up her own business, The Botanical Company, in Surrey.
“I found that WorldSkills taught me so much more than floristry. I’ve learnt so much about myself in terms of confidence and how to portray yourself in a stressful environment…A lot of the things I’ve learnt during WorldSkills I’ve been able to apply to real life situations since setting up my own business.”
When asked about advice for any other potential florists looking to enter competitions, Elizabeth had this to say – “My advice for anybody who’s considering entering floral competitions would be to just go for it and enjoy it! We are florists because we have a passion for flowers so let your creativity shine through.” Click here to see the photos from WorldSkills UK.
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