Talent in full bloom, just as dad hoped

October 19, 2017

Numrkah's Charlotte Daniel won the WorldSkills Australia regional competition floristry medal.

If it was not for her father, Numurkah’s Charlotte Daniel may have not entered the world of floristry.

‘‘My dad thought I had a flare in the garden so he said ‘see if you can get a job at a florist’,’’ she said.

The 22-year-old recently cemented her natural flare and talent for the industry after taking out the WorldSkills Australia’s regional competition in floristry at Melbourne’s Marjorie Milner College.

‘‘I had to make four items on the day,’’ she said.

Much like a MasterChef competition for florists, Ms Daniel was allocated a certain time limit for each piece.

‘‘For the first two, I had one hour, the second, I had an hour and a half and for the last one, we had half an hour,’’ she said.

‘‘So it went from about 9am to 4.30pm; it was a full-on day.’’

Required to make a hand-tied piece, a based medium, wired work and a wrist corsage, respectively, Ms Daniel said it was consistency when it came to her pieces that snagged her the win.

‘‘I didn’t feel as if I was outstanding in one area,’’ she said.

‘‘But they told me that my overall consistency was what they were looking for.’’

After five years in the industry, including a four-year apprenticeship, Ms Daniel said she won third placing in the same competition last year.

‘‘I was shocked; I didn’t quite expect to win this time,’’ she said.

According to WorldSkills Australia’s website, every two years, more than 500 regional competitions are held in 35 regions across Australia.

‘‘They test the skills and knowledge of 4000-plus apprentices, trainees and students, who have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals and go on to compete at a national level,’’ it read.

Ms Daniel, who works at Numurkah’s Flowers on Melville, will travel to Sydney next year to compete at the WorldSkills National Competition in Floristry.

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