Two Bath College students have beaten off competition to earn themselves their dream jobs.
Gracie Bond, 19, has been offered a job with a prestigious florist in Selfridges in London months before she’s even completed her college course.
While one of the College’s own apprentices, Amy Riddle, has gone on to secure a graduate-level job without even going to university.
Level 2 Floristry student Gracie has been selected as a Junior Florist at Phillipa Craddock Flowers, which is the only instore florist in Selfridge’s on Oxford Street.
Phillipa Craddock is an acclaimed international florist, known as ‘a genius in the world of floristry’ for her work at luxury fashion shows, celebrity weddings, product launches and photo shoots.
Gracie, 19, of Bath said: “I used my online portfolio to apply for the job, but I wasn’t even expecting to hear back let alone get an interview.
“It’s very exciting; I still can’t believe I got the job.
“Floristry is more of an art than a skill and it’s going to be a high-pressured and high-profile, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Gracie is freelancing for the company at weekends until she starts work full-time at the end of her course in July.
She puts her job success down to what she has learnt at Bath College and having work experience at the Tallulah Rose Flower Shop in Milsom Street.
Gracie said: “I read Phillipa Craddock’s style reports on floristry blogs and now I’m going to be working for her.
“As a florist, she has her own natural style and does a lot of fashion shows and runways.
“I eventually want my own business so this is going to be great experience.”
Amy worked in the College’s International department for four years, studying for her Level 2 then Level 3 Apprenticeships in Business and Administration.
She now works as an International Relations Assistant at Bath Spa University.
The 21-year-old of Radstock said: “I saw the job advert said it was a graduate’s job but it just seemed so perfect to me.
“I’m so glad I was pro-active and took a chance by applying for the job. My on-the-job experience ended up counting for more than a degree.”
She added: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others, look where it got me!”
Amy, who studied GCSEs and A-Levels at Norton Hill School, heard about apprenticeships through a careers advisor.
She said: “I just wasn’t convinced about going to university as I didn’t really know what to study. I also wasn’t really struck on leaving university with so much debt.
“I decided to become an apprentice instead because studying and working is the best of both worlds.
“But I never really felt like an apprentice, I was always treated as one of the team. I was given lots of responsibility and was allowed to make important decisions.”
Bath College has a focus on teaching work-ready skills to ensure students are able to meet the demand of the labour market.