World Skills 2020 heats announced. - British Florist Association

World Skills 2020 heats announced.

Each year florists put their knowledge to the test as they enter a floristry competition unlike any other! 

Worldskills UK competitions offers young florists an exceptional opportunity that can propel their careers and take them to places they’d only dreamt of.

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together trainees and young people from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skills which are as diverse as Floristry to Hairdressing, Landscape Gardening, Electronics and Welding.

These talented individuals will be key in helping UK businesses compete on the global stage and raise standards to an international level, which is now more important than ever.

How the Competition Works?

Following the qualifiers, those with the highest scores are invited to compete at the National Finals at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event.

If competitors have met age eligibility criteria and the performance benchmark they could join Squad UK and be on the way to represent the UK in international competition in Lyon 2023, providing they have entered a skill that leads to WorldSkills. Shortlisted participants will be announced at the awards ceremony at WorldSkills UK LIVE 2020.

Each successful entrant that makes it through the National Qualifiers, taking place between April and June 2020, will proudly represent their college, employer or training provider in the National Finals held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.  Attracting over 70,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event which takes place from the 19 – 21 November at the NEC, Birmingham.    

*Celebrating the best of UK talent, national and even global recognition could await entrants as WorldSkills UK looks to invite those apprentices and students who excel in the competitions to join its talent development programme for the international WorldSkills Competition in 2023.  Known as the ‘skills Olympics’ WorldSkills takes place every two years and sees over 1000 apprentices and students from around the world compete in over 50 different skills, including (insert skill), with the aim of being named the world’s best.

World Skills UK by the BFA.

Stage 1. – Passive stage.

 This is a photographic entry competition, designed to demonstrate the competitor’s skill ability with Floristry.  Full details will be sent following registration, the last chance to get images received will be the 12th April 2019.

All photographs submitted in time will be judged.  All competitors reaching a mark of 50% or higher will be invited to compete at the second stage of the competition.

Stage 2 – The Heats

  • Competitors will be asked to bring one completed design to be judged at their chosen venue. The piece created will be at the competitor’s own expense.
  • Competitors will be asked to undertake two further competition pieces in situ. Flowers and sundries will be supplied for these two competition pieces.
  • At the start of the competition an allotted time will be allocated for conditioning, familiarisation and preparation of materials.

Heat Locations:

Reaseheath College, Nantwich – Sunday 3rd May

Moulton College, Northampton – Tuesday 2nd June

CAFRE, Co Antrim – Monday 8th June

Country Baskets, Wakefield – Sunday 14th June

Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton – Sunday 28th June

STAGE 3 – The Finals

UK National Final taking place at the NEC in November as part of WorldSkills UK live

The top 8 competitors from the National Heats will be invited to compete at the UK National Final.

  • This stage will consist of 5 timed tasks over two days with a maximum working time of 3 hours per task. Two of the items will be surprise tasks and the schedules will not be given out until the start of each of these competitions.
  • All flowers, sundries will be supplied for all these competition pieces
  • At the start of the competition an allotted time will be allocated for conditioning, familiarisation and preparation of materials. This is not part of the working time


Registration for WorldSkills UK Competitions 2020 opens from 2 March until 5th May 2020 at

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