Trailblazer Apprenticeship in Floristry - British Florist Association

Trailblazer Apprenticeship in Floristry

The brand new Trailblazer apprenticeship in floristry is ready to go! Find out everything you need to know right here, whether you are a budding apprentice or an employer seeking information.

On this page is an overview. If you are looking for specifics, we have broken down the information into different pages so that it is easy to find what you are looking for. Just simply follow the links!

Training provider information click here

What will the off the job training be like? click here

An employers guide click here

What agreements and commitments will you need to make? click here

What are the pay and conditions like? click here

The Overview

What will being an apprentice be like and is there an age limit?

Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers: you’re never too old to pick up new skills or ramp up your career. Training is both on-site and away from your working environment so that you can learn how the job works in real life AND take the time to concentrate on specific skills.

Apprenticeships allow you to get free training, the opportunity to learn the trade skills and knowledge to improve your working life. There is official recognition for your efforts with a qualification and the possibility to continue into university, if that’s where your career takes you?  

You don’t have to pay for your course. The bill is shared between your employer and the government. In fact, you earn wages while you are training and you have paid holidays. The learning is basically part of the job you’ve been hired for.

If you’re under 19, you are guaranteed the national minimum wage for apprentices and some businesses will pay higher. Companies will discuss pay with you and you will be paid by the business you work for.

More importantly, securing an apprenticeship can boost your earning potential. According to the Apprentice Learner Survey in 2017, one in three apprentices earned a promotion with their employer and three-quarters of respondents were given more responsibility in their roles.

Job satisfaction is also a big factor, with almost two-thirds agreeing the course had improved their quality of life. Eight out of ten felt their apprenticeship improved their ability to do their job, and 92 percent of those that completed their courses reported they were satisfied.

According to a report by City & Guilds, almost 20 per cent of employers have former apprentices in board-level positions. So apprenticeships can really take you further than you might think.

In the meantime, before your executive salaries come rolling in, you can get hold of an NUS Apprentice Extra card that entitles you to discounts at the Co-op, Amazon Prime, Domino’s, BSM and hundreds more. For London-based apprentices, there is an Apprentice Oyster Card to help deal with the costs of travelling, and for people leaving care there is a £1000 bursary as a starter.

As an apprentice you will be:

  • work alongside experienced staff so you will get the benefit of co workers expertise as well as building your network of industry friends. 
  • gain the job-specific skill set you’ll need to take you anywhere in the industry.
  • earn a wage and get paid holiday

  • get dedicated time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Floristry Level 2 Apprenticeships will take 1 to 2 years to complete.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Advanced3A level
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

  1. Search for an apprenticeship
  2. Sign in or create an account.
  3. Complete and submit your application.

The National careers service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

If you’re unsuccessful

You can ask for feedback if you do not get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.

You can complain if you think you were not successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

Apprenticeship helpline
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
Find out about call charges

If you need more experience

If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one. Click the link to find out more.

Apprenticeships in Scotland and Wales

Different organisations deal with apprenticeships in Scotland and apprenticeships in Wales the link below will take you to where you need to go to find out more.

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