Floristry student Lisa Whatmough has had a brilliant start to her new career by being placed third and congratulated on her beautiful design in a WorldSkills UK competition.

Lisa, a career changer who has studied floristry for two years, charmed judges with her interpretation of a bridesmaid’s fully wired, domed posy of fresh flowers in colours which would co-ordinate with a lilac theme. She took third place out of 21 entries and won a floral design book by world famous designer Gregor Lersh along with a certificate of recognition.

The competition should have been a regional qualifying round for WorldSkills UK 2020 but was held as a stand alone on-line competition after the rest of the contest was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Lisa’s success was particularly impressive as this was her first competition and she and fellow students had to attend eight college sessions during lock-down to complete their Level 3 Diploma wedding unit.

She now hopes to use her new skills to widen her opportunities in a career which has previously involved hospitality, customer service and business administration.

She said: “Floristry excites and interests me. I’ve always enjoyed being creative so it was a natural progression to take this into floral art and design. I’ve very much enjoyed my course at Reaseheath and felt supported and encouraged by my lecturers, particularly as I’d been out of education for some years.”

Course Manager Helen Cooke commented:  “I am very proud of Lisa’s achievement. She went to a lot of effort and thoroughly deserved her success.”