Florist Chloe picks up a Medallion for Excellence at WorldSkills competition

Chloe Woolf
Chloe Woolf

A florist has been recognised for achieving world class standards in a skills competition for young people from all over the world.

Chloe Woolf, 21, of New Bradwell, Milton Keynes, was awarded a Medallion For Excellence at the four day WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 competition earlier this month after beating off tough competition from all over the globe.

Chloe who works at Bluebell Flowers in High Street, Newport Pagnell, competed as a member of Team UK against 16 other young florists from countries including Norway, Japan and Hungary.

Chloe said: “To be awarded the Medallion For Excellence in Floristry is just amazing.It still hasn’t really sunk in. The last few months have been really tough fitting my training for WorldSkills around work and family responsibilities but it has been totally worth it. I want to show the UK how Apprenticeships and vocational training can enable young people to gain a real qualification and a real future.”

Team UK won a total of six medals and 17 Medallions for Excellence, a world class performance lauded by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron said: “As we compete in the global race, this government is on the side of ambitious young people who want to work hard and get on and we will continue in our efforts to build the biggest and best apprenticeship programme.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Vocational skills are important to the success of every business. That’s why in these difficult times I have prioritised apprenticeship funding, so that employers can access the country’s talent to help build a stronger economy.”

WorldSkills is the world’s largest international skills competition where more than 1,000 young people compete in a range of skills to be named the ‘best in the world’ in their chosen skill.