Coleg Cambria Floristry
Our vision is to be a nationally recognised centre of excellence for floristry education and skills training.
Based in Yale in Wrexham, North Wales, close to the English border, Cambria’s Floristry Department has been providing sector leading training for over 35 years in its previous home in Northop. It is regarded in the industry as a leading floristry training provider.
The College has brand new, world-class facilities that include a purpose built floristry classroom with built in floristry fridge, specially designed workstations with the latest technology, as well as a commercial florist shop where learners can gain work experience. Students benefit from the passionate support and experience of highly skilled, expert tutor, Amanda Ellis NDSF, Cert ED.
Cambria’s courses prepare learners for the hard work that the floristry industry demands with a holistic approach in which you will learn to create a range of stunning commercial floristry designs, including tied designs and designs for wedding and funeral work, with an emphasis on creating bespoke pieces of floristry.
Learners participate in creating beautiful event displays and wedding work, which prepares them for future employment in business and for private individuals. Learners learn to develop their excellent customer service skills, an essential skill within the industry.
The College is proud of the variety of bespoke wedding designs and events that learners have been creating, which enable them to have real hands on experience with ‘Blodau Cambria’, examples are shown below:
Cambria has a reputation for developing learners into successful florists who have the business acumen to set up their own enterprises. The College has many former learners who are now running their own businesses throughout the North West and North Wales. Some of these learners have been running successful floristry businesses for more than 20 years.
Over the last few years Cambria has had excellent technical certificate results from City and Guilds and has been commended on the high standard of teaching.
Coleg Cambria offers a range of courses; from part-time flower arranging courses and seasonal workshops to masterclasses in a range of speciality areas. Attendance varies depending on the type of course chosen; from evenings only, to weekend and full time courses. The courses and workshops offer the flexibility to suit your changing needs.
Cambria regularly organises guest demonstrators, employer workshops and visits throughout the year so learners keep up to date with current and emerging trends.
Full time courses require 3 to 4 days attendance per week in which learners are able to develop their skills; including principles and elements, colour, plant botany, Latin plant and flowers names and so much more.
Cambria Floristry Department is passionate about floristry and the changing industry, keeping up to date with current trends such as the use of biodegradable products, and current wedding techniques.
We have strong connections with local leading florists and organisations who give their time to come to the College to inspire and encourage learners. The department is a member of the British Flower Association (BFA).
Kate Waterhouse studied Levels 2 & 3 Floristry, on the City and Guilds Technical Certificate at Cambria, she has recently opened her own florist, Waterhouse Flowers in Holywell, North Wales.
Kate said: “I would not be where I am today without the fantastic training and support I received at Coleg Cambria, Amanda is a wonderful tutor who pays attention to detail and technique, whilst inspiring creativity and flair. I also found the work experience element required for the course was invaluable, as that is where you really learn about the true side of the industry and how to be commercial. I completed my work experience in an Interflora Florist in my local town of Denbigh and loved my time there.
“My advice to anyone considering studying floristry at Coleg Cambria would be to go for it! The course is a lot of fun, however it does require a lot of hard work, both practically and theory, you may not think you will remember hundreds of flowers, foliage and plant names, but you can!! If the opportunity for Level 4 floristry comes around, I may have to squeeze it into my schedule!”
Kate opened her florist in the middle of the pandemic and is looking forward to what 2021 holds, she’s hoping for larger wedding ceremonies and receptions so she can create beautiful floral designs. Kate plans on making her business more sustainable, reducing the use of plastic and floral foam.
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