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"Having a young person on board has brought a whole new perspective to the business and her training at TyneMet College has introduced modern, up-to-date techniques."

Case study > Deans Flowers

Situation

Angela Yates, the owner of Deans Flowers in the Keel Row Shopping Centre in Blyth, Northumberland, was a previous student of TyneMet College and approached our Workforce Development team to discuss an Apprenticeship Training programme to suit the specific needs of her business.

Solution

TyneMet College devised a tailored training programme for a Floristry Apprentice to deliver all of the necessary skills and expertise expected by this busy shop. The programme included skills training on working as part of a team, serving customers, creating a mix of traditional and contemporary flower arrangements and assisting other florists in a commercial environment.

Floristry Apprentices at TyneMet College also benefit from our on-site retail outlet Flourish for extra practice in a real retail environment as well as utilising the huge 250m² classroom space dedicated to the Floristry and Horticulture department.

Success

"I tried to advertise for a Florist when a job opportunity arose in the shop, but the quality of candidates wasn't strong enough, so I decided to take on someone who could be trained the way that I wanted in line with the business plan and the demands of my busy retail outlet.

Our apprentice, Judith, is an absolute asset to the business. Having a young person on board has brought a whole new perspective to the business and her training at TyneMet College has introduced modern, up-to-date techniques and ideas which have been shared with the team.

The support received from TyneMet College in setting up the Apprenticeship Training Programme and the way in which they keep me up-to-date with my Apprentice's progress have been excellent.

Also, as my business is based in the Keel Row Shopping Centre in Blyth, TyneMet offered the perfect location for training one day a week at the College as transport links are very good and frequent."

Angela Yates, Owner, Deans Flowers, Blyth.

To discuss your training needs with a workforce development consultant, call 0191 229 5179 or email business@tynemet.ac.uk