A FORMER Warwick marketing manager who gave up her 20-year career for floristry has now been named student of the year at Moreton Morrell College.
Amanda Stagg decided at the age of 48 to change careers and pursue her passion for floristry by taking a college course.
She has now completed a Level 3 floristry course and was named the college’s top student in the process.
A total of 33 awards were presented at the awards night at Moreton Morrell College, with students from a wide range of courses recognized for their achievements.
Ms Stagg, who works at Green and Wild Flowers in Warwick, is also a student volunteer at the college and helped create a cutting garden which has become a valuable teaching resource.
She said she was shocked to receive the Student of the Year award.
She continued, “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I don’t think I’ve ever won anything before, so I was stunned when I found out I had won. It was a big career change for me. I had been a marketing director for about 20 years, but I wanted to change direction and have the chance to be more creative.
“I decided to take my flower and garden hobby and turn it into something I could do as a career. Jane Benefield, my college tutor, was amazing, encouraging and inspiring throughout.
“It’s great to be able to put what I learned at university into practice and commercial use at the florists I work for in Warwick. I am coming back to Moreton Morrell to study my level 4, hope to continue to advance my skills and maybe compete in some competitions as well.
Ms Benefield added: “Amanda has shown a huge commitment to her learning and goes above and beyond what is expected. She is a cheerful and positive student, always eager to share her practical floristry knowledge and help her peers grow.
“Amanda is a deserving winner of the Student of the Year award and we wish her all the best as she progresses in her career as a florist.”