About Us

Meet our team

The school opened in June 2009 and in September commenced delivering Certificate courses after acheiving recognition from the Department of Education.  We have now trained over 150 students and are proud to have a high employment rate for our graduates.  We also have trainees with us that are both school based and full time adult trainees.


Our students have ranged in age from 14 - 64. Our class sizes are kept small and personal with only up to 8 students per class.


We also deliver training to trainees throughout Queensland having had students in Ayr, Gladston, Mackay, Warwick, Brisbane, Kingaroy and the Sunshine Coast. Please contact us for information on this service.

Krishna Dawson

Krishna entered the floristry industry in 2006 whilst still managing her family construction company.  After completing a non recognised course she realised there was a definite need for quality training in the industry and spent the next twelve months working and developing the training package along with Sue to enable the college to become a Nationally Recognised Training Organisation. She continues to run the day to day organisation of the business and also has a passion for the industry. Krishna also holds her TAE40116 


Susan Young

Sue is our Head Trainer and Assessor with over 28 years experience in the floristry industry and holds a TAE40116 qualification.  Sue has a passion for teaching and enjoys watching the development of her students, some of whom have little confidence when they commence the course and grow into competent shop ready florists, happy and confident in their skills. Sue ensures she keeps up with the industry by still working in shops on occasion.


Trainer and Assessor

Alyssa Arenson

Alyssa joint our team in 2013. Since starting with us she has also completed her Certificate III in Floristry and has her TAE40116.


In 2015 Alyssa gave birth to her first child and relocated to Hong Kong she has since had a second child in January 2017 living in Melbourne. In 2018 Alyssa has officially rejoined us, she is responsible for all administration and assisting our students along with Sue.  


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The Flower Fairies

Who are the Flower Fairies? 
We are volunteer group formed by the staff and students at Gold Coast Floristry and Retail Management. 

Our aim is to visit 6 aged care facility's one Friday a month (our day off). Our visits are from 9-11:30 and during this time we are going to be creating flower arrangements with the residents of the aged care facility which they get to keep.

We are lucky to have such amazing sponsors - Apack. 


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