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Jo’s Flower Power Leads To National Awards Shortlisting

Updated: 21/08/2018

The Sheffield College and one of its floristry lecturers have been shortlisted in two categories of a national competition.

Jo’s Flower Power Leads To National Awards Shortlisting

Pictured: Both Jo Biddle, Floristry Lecturer (left), and The Sheffield College, have been shortlisted for two categories of a national industry award.

Jo Biddle is one of 23 finalists in the Floristry Tutor of the Year category of the British Florist Association Industry Awards.

The Sheffield College has also been shortlisted in the Floristry Training Provider of the Year category.

Jo said: “It is a great honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. It’s always rewarding to train such wonderful students and help them go further from Level 2 junior florists to the outstanding and inspiring Level 3 florists that they become.”

She added: “This award is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of the team here at The Sheffield College, the apprentice florists and their employers who support, develop and champion these young people in the workplace.”

Jo has a strong track record in the industry having successfully run her own floristry business for 10 years before moving into teaching and developing the floristry apprenticeship programme at the College.

Jo trains floristry apprentices at the College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. She ensures they have the opportunity to develop their design skills at high profile events including RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and WorldSkills UK regional competitions.

To cast your votes before Monday, September 10th, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BFAindustryAwards18Voting

Tracy Tomlinson, Association Manager, British Florist Association, said: “Seven years ago, the BFA Industry Awards were launched for all involved in the industry to gain recognition. The awards reward excellence in the florist industry, are hotly anticipated and well established.”

She added: “This year we have 10 categories and more entries than ever before. We expect the votes to exceed 12,000 making the Industry Awards the most coveted prize of the Gala dinner evening.”

The awards ceremony takes place on October 27th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham.

For more information on apprenticeships and courses starting this September, click here or call 0114 2602600.