About QEST

QEST is an organisation at the forefront of supporting education and excellence in Craft in the UK.


We are striving to make a difference to the lives and careers of crafts people whilst maintaining the very highest standards in craftsmanship. We fund talented people, whether at entry level in to the industry via our QEST Apprenticeship Scheme, or when they are trying to reach a level of excellence further in to their career, via our QEST Scholar awards. Every single recipient of a scholarship, over the past twenty-six years, acknowledge that QEST provided the essential turning point in their careers.


A camera rolls as five scholars demonstrate their craft and explain how the QEST funding changed their lives

Recent comments from
Scholars and Apprentices: 

Richard Mossman (Scholar) – “Without the support of QEST and the Royal Warrant Holders Association, I simply would not have been able to take my career to that next level. Being a QEST scholar has already opened up many doors for me and I hope many more talented craftsmen and women will benefit from this amazing organisation”

Wayne Meeten (Scholar) – “I feel privileged, and honoured to gain this award. After only one trip of study to Japan, it has already surpassed all my expectations. The Japanese craftsman have given the direction, the focus I had always envisaged, and wanted to pursue. Now I am on this path and I honestly believe it was all down to QEST.”

Alistair Raphael (Apprentice) -“Without the funding, encouragement and ongoing support from QEST I would not have had the opportunity to initiate and develop my practice as a shoemaker.”

Curtis Chipperfield (Apprentice) – “I couldn’t really see a future for myself, no doors seemed to be opening for me and I wasn’t far off giving up, but since being awarded this apprenticeship I want nothing but to be the best in my craft. I have found a passion for Carpentry and I will strive to be the very best I can.”