QEST Apprenticeship Applications Closed

For those wishing to apply for QEST Apprenticeship funding, this application process is now closed for 2017.

If you wish to apply for Apprenticeship Funding, the application process will open in early June 2018.

Please be aware that all entries are submitted via the webform which will not be available until the application window opens.

Please read *Apprenticeships* FAQs page for further information or contact the QEST office on the number and email at the bottom of the page.


When can I apply?

The Apprenticeship applications process opens in June and closes in August. The assessment stages begin soon after the applications close and continue until October, concluding with an Interview.

Am I eligible?

  • Although there is no upper age limit, we are primarily looking to fund those aged between 16-26 for apprenticeships.
  • You need to demonstrate passion for your craft and the dedication and commitment to make this a long-term career.
  • You do not need previous work experience.
  • Both Employer and Apprentice need to apply together as a partnership.

Do I need to have been born in the UK?

No. However, you must be living and working permanently in the UK to be eligible for Apprenticeship funding. 

This means we cannot accept applications from those living outside of the UK or residing in the UK on temporary work or study visas.

But can I apply for funding for courses/projects outside of the UK?

Yes, you can apply for funding to attend a course outside of the UK, although you would need to assure us that your long term plan is to bring these skills back to the UK to enrich British Craft.

Can I apply for funding for purchasing equipment?

QEST helps to fund salaries, training costs and/or materials.

Can I apply for tuition fees if I am already working for the Employer?


Do I need previous experience before I apply?

As an Apprentice, we would anticipate that you would be at ‘entry-level’ and would demonstrate a long-term commitment to becoming an established craftsperson. You would therefore need your Master/Employer to vouch for your dedication and/or skill.

Can I submit my application via email or letter?

No. All applications must be submitted online through the application form on the QEST website. Any applications received via any other means will not be considered.

How much can I apply for?

  • Up to £6,000 per year (up to 3 years).
  • The amount allocated depends on how much funding is needed for the Apprenticeship.


If unsuccessful can I apply again?

Yes, you are permitted to apply again should you be unsuccessful.

Who reviews my application?

All applications are reviewed by the QEST trustees and a group of experienced Skills Advisors who work in specific craft sectors. All applications are processed at two stages, and then the shortlist is drawn up for interview. After the interviews, a decision is made promptly.

Do you give feedback?

Regrettably due to the high volume of submissions; it is impossible to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.