WorldSkills 2016 (Melbourne)

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WorldSkills 2016 – Melbourne   AUSTRALIA’S BEST YOUNG TRADESPEOPLE GEARING UP FOR THEIR SHOT AT GREATNESS AT AUSTRALIA’S ULTIMATE SKILLS SHOWDOWN Victoria Country’s best young tradespeople gearing up for Australia’s ultimate skills showdown   In eight short months, the next generation of apprentices, trainees and students will face the ultimate challenge as they compete against the nation’s best at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne. Over 500 competitors from across the country will converge on Melbourne Showgrounds from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October for their chance to secure the coveted title of ‘National Champion’ in over 50 skill…&nbsp

Hairdressing Staff

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Looking For Hairdressing Staff? Maybe A Floristry Assistant Or A Beauty Trainee!   Marjorie Milner College, celebrating 70 years of training, specialises in apprenticeship training. We also advise the Head of the Hairdressing Department is Natalie Miller, who will be known to many of you through her years of quality hairdressing teaching. Currently, our classes are 100% hairdressing apprentices only. We want your apprentices. Transferring is easy and the incentives for new apprentices are the best they have been for employers. Victorian Hairdressing has been given an amazing opportunity provided by the State Government’s “Back to Work” scheme. Employers who…&nbsp

Apprenticeship Incentives

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Apprenticeship Incentives Changes to The Back To Work Scheme (1st November 2015)  http://www.vic.gov.au/backtowork/ 14th December 2015 Wine and Cheese Night 6pm – 7pm at the College All Welcome For employers & salon managers to find out more about these great changes, including $2500 for commencement of a full time apprentice.         The Victorian Government has boosted the Back to Work Scheme to assist Victorian job seekers and employers looking to hire new staff. This is fantastic news for those that want to employ a hairdressing apprentice, floristry apprentice or beauty therapy trainee.This is a great news for all employers in…&nbsp

Floral Art Society of Victoria

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The Annual Christmas Function for the Floral Art Society of Victoria 26th November 2015   Horticultural Centre, Jolimont Road, Nunawading   Today three floristry students from Marjorie Milner College demonstrated at the Floral Art Society of Victoria in Nunawading. Bridget Fallace (Current Diploma of Floristry Design SFL50110) works at Flos Florum in Malvern. Bridget has completed her apprenticeship including: Certificate III in Floristry SFL30110, & Certificate IV in Floristry SFL40110. Catherine Machell runs the Willow Branch  (https://www.facebook.com/TheWillowBranchFlorist ) and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Floristry. Danika Mahon who studied her Certificate III in Floristry in Queensland is now…&nbsp

Melbourne Flower Show 2016

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Melbourne Flower Show 2016 Floristry Competition   So you think you can Arch?   Flowers Victoria Competition    Launching our new MIFGS comp for 2016  Flowers Victoria invite you to enter the new “So you think you can Arch?” Competition for The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2016. Bring an arch to life (supplied by us) themed to an outdoor wedding with your fresh flower custom inspired creation to be displayed over the course of the show. Only 20 spots available for this exciting installation based competition, don’t miss this! Enjoy prime exposure to show visitors and media with your creations on…&nbsp

flower costs

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Flower Costs How much is that worth?     It is an interesting question about a product, “how much is it worth”, as the answer will vary greatly amongst consumers. When a client walks into a florist store or views a web site the pricing they can see indicates the worth of the product. All retailers price to make a profit and consumers are aware of this but many want the ‘best deal’. What they see as a minimum price to the top price indicates the worth of the product. If a florist prices their ‘top’ item at $90.00 the…&nbsp

Is the floristry client always right?

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Is the floristry client always right? There is the saying “the client is always right” but is this actually correct?  An experienced florist should listen to their clients’ needs and requests but always remember advice based on expertise of study and years of practical experience should be respected by the consumer. Who knows and understands more about the floral product and what it can or can’t do? The experienced florist does.   Possibly the area of most concern is wedding flowers. I often hear florists say “this is what the client wanted”. But is it the best choice for the…&nbsp

Floristry Insurance

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Floristry Insurance www.floristryinsurance.com.au Are you covered with the right insurance? James Milner Australian Association of Floral Designers Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Gold Display 2015   There are many hazards in a florist shop that should be considered when making decisions about insurance, a critical aspect of the floristry industry. For example, a client could slip in a store on water, flowers or foliage. In one case in 2014, a customer tripped over some boxes in an Australian retail store, resulting in a broken leg and a claim that settled for over $100,000. It is vitally important that a business is…&nbsp

Floristry Training

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The need for floristry training in particular in-shop training   Florists are often surprised to hear about the rigorous internal training regimes used by many businesses in comparable industries. These businesses maximise the value of their staffing cost by incorporating methods of ‘upselling’ into the staff training process, to encourage staff to achieve the best results possible in meeting the needs of the business. Product knowledge, skill, and speed combined with accuracy are all taught and promoted. Employers of apprentices (school-based apprentices) fuse their training with that delivered by registered training providers (RTOs). While an RTO is bound by the…&nbsp

New Top Floristry App

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New Top Floristry App Download Free Now!!! Australian Flower Industry is taking floristry into the digital world with its new app. Watch the “Awesome Aussie Flowers” Youtube clip for more details.   It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, there was no Internet to turn to at a moment’s notice. No social media to connect us, or online news to instantly inform us. Today, we have a world of information at our fingertips, all accessible through a range of handy digital devices. We are living in the New Digital Age. The team who brings you the Australian Flower Industry magazine…&nbsp