Brisbane Florist of the Future Winners (Interflora)

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Last weekend the Interflora District 5 Florist of the Future Competition State Heat was held in Queensland. Marjorie Milner College had two previous students that had studied floristry in Melbourne at the College. Both were in the competition.

Emily Piscioneri completed her school based apprenticeship with Blooms on Bridge in 2014 and she was the successful winner of the District 5 Queensland heat. Special thanks to Melissa from Blooms on Bridge in Benalla. You can visit their website here at Blooms on Bridge.

Tamika Mackrell, who did her apprenticeship through Jen’s Flowers in Sale gained first in one of the sections, “inovation”, of the Interflora Queensland District 5 Competition. Tamika was also a school based apprentice who, represented Australia internationally through the Worldskills competitions.

Well done to both of these previous students for their fantastic effort in this floristry competition.
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There is less than a month to go, the 25 talented young trades and skills people comprising WorldSkills Australia’s 2015 Skillaroos team are hard at work training in their respective skills in preparation for the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.

The WorldSkills Competition is the biggest vocational education and skills showcase in the world. Tamika represented Australia back in London 2012 for floristry. The scale and significance of this year’s competition is considerable. Held in Brazil, it is the first WorldSkills Competition to be hosted in South America and will mark the first time São Paulo’s Anhembi Park will be used to host a single event – utilising 213,000m² of competition space, roughly 10 times the playing area of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Approximately 1,200 competitors representing over 60 countries will compete in the hopes of being named World Champion in their respective skills. Australia’s Skillaroos team will compete in 23 skill categories. Over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the event to watch the competitors in action including an estimated total of 120,000 students.

Good Luck to all the students involved with the Skillaroos team.

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