Two of our students have taken the top prize in live regional heats for floristry and carpentry this May.
Cassie Kirk, 18, won the WorldSkills floristry heat at Farnborough College of Technology while Lorenzo Sammut, 18, won the SkillBuild carpentry (new entrant) heat at Chichester College.
The floristry competition invited students from across the south to create three displays: a round table design for a dinner party, a flamboyant fascinator and a hand-tied gift designed in a frame. Cassies work received the highest score, with tutor Hazel Woodman commenting:
The judges were so impressed with Cassies three designs and I felt really confident that she was capable of winning.
The floristry team is so pleased for her – she is a brilliant student and the distance she has travelled over the two years of study is enormous.
Our floristry students were also fortunate enough to take part in a workshop led by RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2013 Laura Leong.
Lorenzos win at Chichester involved him drawing and building a hand cut roof according to the given specifications. Like Cassie, his work also received the highest marks in his heat. Lorenzo said:
Im really pleased to have won my heat, I placed second last time and have spent the past year improving my skills I was determined not to be beaten again!
SkillBuild has been a brilliant experience for me and Im hopeful that my score will be enough to take me to the national final in Birmingham. Both my employer and my tutors have been really supportive.
With students scores from across the country being collated, Cassie and Lorenzo are now waiting to see if their scores are high enough to land a place in the National UK Final to be held at The Skills Show in November 2015.