Certificate III and IV in Floristry
Where flowers bloom, so does hope
A creative flair, and a love for nature, were the reasons behind Dayne Robinson’s decision to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in Floristry.
Dayne’s passion for floristry was ignited at age 14 when she started working for a local florist after school and on weekends. “I absolutely fell in love with the industry, and looked into different pathways to undertake while still at school, and for my future once I completed school. I decided an Australian Apprenticeship was the best option for me. And I was definitely right.”
The casual employment was a turning point for Dayne. From Croydon in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Dayne completed her Australian Apprenticeship and a Certificate III in Floristry through Box Hill Institute while employed with a florist in Croydon.
“My apprenticeship supplied me with the skills and courage I needed to excel in my industry.”
In 2012, Dayne won a gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition for Floristry and was selected to compete against the world’s best at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Leipzig, Germany. “At the age of 22, I was competing at an international level, representing my country. This was only made possible by studying through TAFE and following a vocational pathway.”
During her apprenticeship Dayne won Student of the Year Level Three — Certificate III in Floristry. Dayne was then nominated for Apprentice of the Year, and placed in the top 3 finalists. Dayne says, floristry has opened up many, once in a lifetime opportunities.
“I was also accepted for a student scholarship study tour, where I was able attend and work at the Singapore International Garden Festival in 2014, working with some of the best floral designers in the world.”
“While in Singapore I also studied a certificate IV in Floristry, and part of a Diploma of Visual Merchandising. In this industry, you never stop learning.”
“Since completing my apprenticeship and becoming involved with WorldSkills Australia – my passion for floristry has turned into a career that has truly taken off. I have competed in numerous national competitions which have led me to travel all over Australia and internationally.”
Dayne tries to give back in as many ways as possible, she now mentors and supports students and young adults, to excel in their industries. “Currently I am a member of the WorldSkills Australia Alumni group, the Australian VET Alumni, an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador, and a three time team leader for team Victoria, competing at the WorldSkills national competitions.”
After receiving her nationally recognised qualification, Dayne started her own business, Pinkie Promise, based near Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, specialising in weddings and events.
“Completing an Australian Apprenticeship was the best thing I could have done for my career, it has helped me grow in to the successful person I am today, and I would strongly suggest a vocational pathway for anyone wanting to start their journey.”