An entry level individual who engages in on-the-job training to become a specialist in a craft form.
A job/period of training where you learn specialist craft skills directly from a master of that trade, physically practicing these skills as you learn.
These skills could be in a wide range of crafts, from the traditional (e.g. thatching roofs) to the contemporary (e.g. jewellery design).
Examples of craft forms are:
Conservation (saving/restoring a piece from damage)
Farriery (shoeing of horses and similar animals)
Horology (making clocks and watches)
Millinery (hat design)
Rural crafts (skills used in the agricultural countryside, such as hedge laying and thatching)
Toys and Instruments
Think of a craft apprenticeship like going to college or university. You are committing yourself over a period of years to learn specialist skills from a master craftsperson. You are investing in your future.
Be prepared for the challenge. It might be a demanding experience. You will be tested to make sure you are the best. “I’ve been on some disheartening jobs where you stand there in the cold and wet at 6:45am, asking myself why on earth would anyone want to do this, working for half the money that my friends get stacking shelves. However I know that I am setting out my foundations for a great future”.
(Curtis Chipperfield, historic building apprentice)
You are learning a trade for life. Working directly alongside a master craftsperson on a daily basis will allow you to constantly develop your skills.
Learning your trade within a functioning business will also expose you to how a company is run, you might learn extra skills (alongside the specialist skills needed for your craft) which could be incredibly useful in the future.
An apprenticeship is like going back to school/university, you are learning from a teacher/master of that trade. However, as opposed to going to school/university, your employer is paying you at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage whilst you learn.
93% of the craftspeople QEST has sponsored since 1990 are still in employment, which proves that there are many employment opportunities for craftspeople.
Some of QEST’s craftspeople have achieved national acclaim, awards and high profile commissions; working for brands such as Chanel and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Some examples being:
This demonstrates you can build a very busy and exciting career for yourself by acquiring specialist craft skills.
A craft apprenticeship allows you to be creative. Many craftspeople say there is great satisfaction and fulfilment that comes from making something yourself, from start to finish; making a living by selling a product that you have invested your time, effort and creative abilities in.
There are many skills needed to create an excellent piece of craft; that is why craft apprenticeships typically last between 3-5 years, giving you enough time to learn these skills.
For example, if you wanted to be a shoe designer, here is an example of some of the skills you would need to make a pair of shoes:
You would be supported in every step of your apprenticeship, until you reached a level where your employer and you were happy for you to work more independently, with help as and when you required it.
All available apprenticeship jobs are listed under the “live apprenticeships” tab.
If you wish to apply to a job you must be enrolled with one of our charity partners (listed on the “charity partners” tab). They will provide you with the password needed to apply for the job.
The benefit of being enrolled with a charity partner is that:
The list of charities can be found under the “charity partners” tab.
Find the charity partner that is nearest to you geographically and contact them directly to discuss your application and their support.
To gain access to these job opportunities your charity must:
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in accessing these craft job opportunities please contact email@example.com