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International Students Visit Hadlow College’s Floristry Department

Posted on 9th December 2013 in Floristry

The floristry department of Hadlow College recently played host to 25 international students.

Comprising students from two different colleges – 13 students from Edudelta College in the Netherlands and 12 students from Instituto Arzela in Italy – the visit formed part of the Comenius programme, a European Union project concerning school-level education which is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.  The aims of it are “to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values.”

The sessions were designed to give an overview of the experiences that Hadlow College floristry students enjoy, as well as educate them as to what typical careers involve.  Joining in with the College’s current floristry students, the international students were treated to a demonstration of Christmas floral arrangements from Tracy Benton, one of the College’s floristry lecturers, and a presentation from Sarah Bateup on her role as Commercial Florist.  Sarah is a past winner of Kent Wedding Florist of the Year and a finalist in the Kent Women in Business Awards.

As a College Hadlow runs a number of full and part-time floristry courses, including the Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry - the highest qualification you can study in the UK – as well as exhibiting regularly at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  At both of these events Hadlow has achieved Gold Medals for the student work it has displayed.  These experiences, together with the industry links the department possesses, are some of the reasons the courses prove popular each year.

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