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THE SEASON is ripe with youngsters making careerrelated decisions. Adding to the score of choices available is Ferns N Petals, a leading floral retail chain in the country with their new venture, the FNP Floral Design School. The school is an initiative to provide training in floristry, flower arrangements and design, with classes to train amateurs. “Flower art and flower design schools are common all over the world, but its a new phenomenon in India. Our curriculum has 4-5 diploma courses ranging from a basic 4 week course to advanced 12-week career courses,” said Vikaas Gutgutia, Founder and Managing Director, Ferns N Petals.
The company has already invested Rs 20 lakh to pilot the venture, with a plan of investing Rs 60 lakh more and expanding to other metros within the year. “There hasn’t been a trained course for floristry in India as yet. This being the first, the response from the students has been tremendous,” said Parul Gupta, head faculty member.
Gutgutia explained the thinking behind the initiative, “The philosophy is for people to have some kind of a place to learn flowers and help them discover their passion or creativity in floral art. The idea is to educate and improve the industry as a whole”
The fnp design school also wishes to reach out to people with varying backgrounds and no prior formal education by providing different levels of scholarships. A student at the institute also has an unofficial guarantee of job prospects with fnp beyond a certain level of the course.
“Apart from career prospects, we also have hobbyclasses. So it provides various options including becoming a specialised wedding planner, an innovation in the course,” said Gutgutia. What makes this institute different is the range of courses offered. “We teach floristry for people at different levels. We have basic courses for people who are absolutely new. Then we also have an advanced structure for people already equipped and wanting to learn further — new techniques, new ways of doing floral arrangements”, said Gupta.
“The opportunities are endless! It’s not a monotonous job. Every time you work on a floral project, it is flowers but there’s always something different you’re creating. So while the work remains the same, it’s also challenging,” said Gupta. The floral industry is linked very closely to trends in interior design and reflects and interprets these same trends through the use of colour, form and the integration of organic materials. Prospects of a career in the arts are growing.