Thom Yaemprayun, a talented chef from Thailand, wanted to expand his career into the wedding industry.
After studying Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Floristry – and winning an award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show – he's now completing his Certificate III and looking forward to providing the catering and flowers for weddings.
Already a talented chef from Thailand, Thom Yaemprayun studied Floristry at Melbourne Polytechnic so he could become a wedding planner.
After spending seven years as a chef in Thailand, Thom Yaemprayun discovered a passion for the wedding industry. He arrived in Australia in 2009 and enrolled in the Melbourne Polytechnic Floristry Program to gain expertise in flowers and floral arrangements.
In 2010, Thom completed the Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate II in Floristry, which had been recommended by a friend who had previously completed the course. He is now completing the Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate III in Floristry for non-industry and international students, which he is due to finish at the end of the year.
"It has given me a different view of floristry from what I learned in Thailand. We use different flowers in this course and I've learnt a lot about them." It has also given Thom the opportunity to introduce his classmates to using flowers from Thailand in floral arrangements.
Thom believes Melbourne Polytechnic is an excellent learning environment for international students. "Everyone is very friendly. The teachers are good and they've been helping me with my English." He says he has also enjoyed working collaboratively with other students in the course.
At the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March 2011 Thom won a Certificate of Merit in the Intermediate Student Floral Design Competition. The 45 entrants had to create a display for a romantic table for two. "A lot of people were using traditional romantic flowers – like the white rose – but I put in some Thai flowers and some other flowers, using what I have learnt."
As an accomplished chef, Thom had experience making wedding cakes and decided he wanted to know more about wedding flowers and floral arrangements. "You have good food at a wedding, so you should have good flowers too." He already has some experience in this, making bouquets for his friends' weddings.
As a chef learning floristry, Thom believes anyone can learn new skills, wherever they are in their life. He says Melbourne Polytechnic can help students of any age prepare for any career, improving and adding to their knowledge.
Once Thom has finished studying, he would like to gain more experience in floristry and become a wedding planner, planning and creating both the catering and the floral arrangements for weddings. "I love everything about weddings," he says.
Certificate III in Floristry (non-industry and international)