Florists sell flowers and plants. They help people to choose the flowers they want and wrap them up. Sometimes they arrange the flowers into attractive shapes. The flowers may be in a bunch, a bowl or a basket.
- Serving customers with flowers, wrapping them and taking payment
- Making flower arrangements
- Taking orders for flowers and arranging delivery
- Buying flowers and plants
- Looking after the flowers and plants so that they stay fresh
- Making the shop or stall look attractive
- Keeping the shop clean and tidy
- Managing the money, doing paperwork, and finding staff, if self-employed
Florists may work in various settings like independent shops market stalls, supermarkets and a business that they own themselves.
Florists work in various places depending on their job. Many work indoors but some have a market stall and are outside in all weathers.
Florists generally work between 35 and 40 hours a week.
Starting salary £12,500.
There are no set qualifications that you need to become a florist. Some employers will want you to have GCSEs or floristry qualifications, whereas some will not and would prefer a keen interest in floristry and for you to learn on the job.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.