At the Worldskills UK medal awards ceremony on Saturday 18 November, after two days of competitions, the top prize of a gold medal was won by Charlotte Dawe.
The Worldskills competitions aim to bring together both trainees and young people from across the country to compete in their chosen field. Skills range from Floristry to Automation, Welding to Fine Jewellery Making, Bricklaying and Butchery.
Worldskills UK supports business competitiveness, young people’s employability and aim to engage young people in skills competitions, challenge stereotypes and support the apprenticeship agenda. Worldskills give competitors the confidence and self belief they need to push themselves and excel in their chosen field.
For those competing in the Floristry category, the eight finalists had to create five designs, including two surprise items. The competitors had to show a range of skills including; knowledge of principles of design and colour compliments, originality and wiring and arranging techniques.
Charlotte Dawe, who clinched the gold medal, works at the Flower Scene in Launceston, Cornwall, and has successfully gained her city and guilds level 2, 3 and higher diploma level 4. She trained at Bicton College in Exeter and the Academy of Floral art.
For the first task, participants had to create a floor standing floral arrangement for the foyer of a fashion show. The next assignment saw the candidates make a body adornment, sash to be worn by a model on a catwalk.
Task 3 was a bridal design to compliment the bridal gown (picture supplied) – the design had to be wired and able to be carried by a model at the finale of the fashion show.
The two surprise tasks were a hand tied bouquet to be given to the fashion designer at the end of the fashion show, and a waterfall floral arrangement to be placed at the end of a catwalk.
Charlotte told the BFA prior to the competition that she was “nervous but determined” about the Worldskills UK finals.
All medal winners medal:
All the finalist competitors did a fantastic job to win through to the final which is a great achievement in itself, they should all be extremely proud of their achievement and the work they produced.
The main floristry competition sponsor was Florismart, and competition products were sponsored by Country Baskets and Opiflor.
All images courtesy of BFA, British Florist Association
For more information visit the BFA website