Professional Floristry Skills – Employment Activation Programme (EAP)

National Organic Training Skillnet has received funding from Skillnet Ireland for training courses through the Employment Activation Programme (EAP) initiative in 2019. The EAP is a 100% government funded initiative aimed solely at training unemployed people. It provides skills which are in demand by industry, combined with direct access to employers through securing a work placement.

See more information and Eligibility Criteria at

Programme Aim:

This programme will equip participants with both the technical & business knowledge and skills necessary to effectively run their own successful floristry business.

Programme Objectives:

At the end of this training programme participants will be able to:
• Examine modern floristry and the requirements to be successful in the trade
• Assemble, Prepare & Wrap a range of commercial flower arrangements for different occasions [to include hand tied    floral tributes, funeral tributes, wedding flowers & festive arrangements] to meet quality technical and aesthetic requirements
• Develop a standard costing formula and calculate retail cost for a diverse range of floral designs
• Demonstrate the principles of stock control
• Explore the realities and practicalities of running your own Floristry business
• Explore how to complete a business plan

Programme Plan:

Please note, this plan is subject to change depending on the needs of the group.

Week 1

➢ Introduction & Programme plan
➢ Introduction to Floristry
➢ Flower Arranging
➢ Customer Service

Week 2

➢ Flower Conditioning & Handling

➢ Hand Tied Floral Design
➢ Flower Assembly, Preparation & Wrapping

Week 3

➢ Costing Floral Designs

➢ Festive Arrangements

Week 4

➢ Receipt/Ordering Stock Control
➢ Business Set up/Record Keeping
➢ Business Planning/Networking for Business

Week 5

➢ Plan & Assemble Wedding Flowers
➢ Funeral tributes

Trainee Profile

This programme is designed for both start up and established floristry businesses and will be tailored to address the needs of each participant as required.


This is a 10-day course ran over a 5 week period, 2 days per week + 5 days work placement.


You will receive a National Organic Training Skillnet “Professional Floristry Skills” certificate.


To register your interest please register here and the NOTS team will be in touch with you shortly with further instructions.

Please note you will be requested to send a a brief CV and cover letter to the:  National Organic Training Skillnet via email  or by post to National Organic Training Skillnet, The Enterprise Centre, Hill Road, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.

Places will be limited as the demand will be high for this course. Therefore you may be called for an interview. For additional information please contact the National Organic Training Skillnet Team on 071-9640688,

Course Dates

  • Week 1 –  11th / 12th of November
  • Week 2 – 18th / 19th of November
  • Week 3 – 25th / 26th of November
  • Week 4 – 2nd / 3rd of December
  • Week 5 – 9th / 10th of December


Venue 4

4 Bastion St,


Co. Westmeath,

N37 P2H4


Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you or they’re shops/cafés close by.


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