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Future is rosey for Biloela teen

FLOWER POWER: Biloela State High School student Ashleigh Higgins (right) found her passion while doing a school based traineeship at Faith's Flower. She is pctured with Programme coordinator Jaye Mellor.
FLOWER POWER: Biloela State High School student Ashleigh Higgins (right) found her passion while doing a school based traineeship at Faith's Flower. She is pctured with Programme coordinator Jaye Mellor.

SOME students love hitting the books each day and thrive on mathematical brainteasers and reading Shakespeare, but others, like Ashleigh Higgins would rather, well, arrange flowers.

Ash found the text books, assignments and exams of high school boring.

So much so that her marks were looking pretty ordinary.

Via the school-based trainee and apprenticeship scheme at Biloela High, she has got the jump on her future careers while still getting a traditional education.

Ashleigh did work experience at Biloela’s Faiths Flowers last year and immediately felt that the floristry caper was for her.

New business owner Chris Gunnourie soon worked out that the Biloela year 12 student had a natural eye for the art form.

This year Ash began part-time work at Faiths Flowers and she has powered ahead with her TAFE course in floristry.

“Going to work one day a week and getting out of the classroom to do something I really like is just the best thing,” Ash said.

“Getting paid for it is the icing on the cake.

“I also work when ever Chris needs me and the more I work the sooner I get my qualifications.”

Her grades back at school have improved out of sight and going to school this year has not been such a drag.

Ash will work full- time next year at Faiths Flowers and before too long she will also hold a Certificate Three in Floristry.

She will also further her education with Interflora courses.

Ash picked up The School-Based Trainee of the Year award at the school’s recent graduation ceremony.

“Ashleigh shows flair and imagination with her work,” said her boss Chris.

“When we get great positive feedback from customers about her professional attitude as well as her quality work, it is a sure indicator that she can handle the business side as well as the artistic part of the job.”


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