Our Summer Funding cycle has now opened!
We are currently receiving applications for funding in training and education of a Craft skill – visit our alumni page to understand what Craft categories we fund. Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices.
If you have any queries around eligibility see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions. Click below to start the application process:
feature image: Mila Chielman – Spring 2018 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Apprentice Spectacle Maker at Cubitts
QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) and the Prince’s Foundation are collaborating to deliver an innovative training programme in traditional building skills, linking short courses and workshops with a series of live training builds on heritage sites across the UK. Through a focus on practical, project-based, education this course will not only further develop technical skills and knowledge, but also provide site-based learning and training in business skills vital to the development of the next generation of skilled craftspeople.
The course starts with an intensive series of workshops at Dumfries House, providing an introduction to topics such as traditional architecture, drawing, geometry and the principles of sustainable development. Hosted at the Dumfries House Estate in Scotland, this residential week long course will provide a grounding in the principles and practices of the Prince’s Foundation and QEST and provide participants with an introduction to the year ahead. Following this introductory course, participants will take part in an intensive year long programme, including:
Bursary, Accommodation and Travel:
This is a free programme and all participants will be paid a monthly bursary of £1,000 a month. In addition to this, accommodation will be provided for the duration of the live builds. Students will be expected to use the bursary to cover any additional living and travel costs that may arise throughout the duration of the programme.
The course runs from October 2018 – September 2019. The below breakdown is subject to change but is as follows:
1st – 7th October: Introductory Course at Dumfries House
8th October – 22nd December: Live Build at Hillsborough Castle
23rd December – 6th January: Winter Break
7th – 13th January: London Short Course
14th January – 22nd January: Winter School at Dumfries House
23rd January – 3rd May: Live Build at Dumfries House
19th May – 30th June: Dumfries House and/or external placements
1st July – 28th September: Live Build at Highgrove
The students we recruit for the programme usually come to us with a Level 2 or 3 NVQ or a significant amount of work experience within their chosen trade. The Live Builds will predominantly employ the following trades, although we welcome applicants from other trades: stonemasonry, woodwork (joinery, carpentry, timber framing), plastering, blacksmithing, bricklaying, thatching and painting and decorating.
We ask for the submission of a written application alongside a portfolio – click here to download the form.
Please send all completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On 6th March The Earl of Snowdon, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), hosted our annual dinner at the V&A, at which 24 QEST Scholars demonstrated their skills, including enamelling, watchmaking, basket making, sculpting, blacksmithing and armoury.
An auction of pieces made by QEST Alumni, as well as luxury handcrafted goods, bespoke tours and masterclasses, raised more than £150,000 which will go towards supporting the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.
The Earl of Snowdon said, ‘It was an honour to host the ‘Celebration of Craft’ dinner and auction at the Victoria and Albert Museum in support of QEST. The Victoria and Albert Museum, the home of ‘manufactures’, is the perfect setting to showcase the importance of British craftsmanship. It was great to see so much generous support and enthusiasm for QEST from so many people. I would like to thank everybody involved in organising this special event and all who came along to help continue the important work of QEST. British craftsmanship has a bright future!’
|QEST Hand Loom Weaving Apprentice Libby Kates||QEST | Garfield Weston Foundation Sculpture Scholar Thomas Merrett|
Lance Patterson, CEO, at Penhaligon’s, the event’s principal sponsor, said, ‘As a luxury brand and Royal Warrant holder, Penhaligon’s are reliant on the highest level of craftsmanship. QEST’s mission to support excellence in craft in the UK is synonymous with our brand values and our reputation for supporting British Craftsmanship throughout our 147-year history. Penhaligon’s are delighted to be supporting a QEST scholar – showing our commitment to training the next generation. Fundraising is of the utmost importance to allow QEST to continue the significant work it does and Penhaligon’s are proud to continue helping the charity and sponsor the 2018 gala dinner at The Victoria & Albert Museum.’
|QEST Millinery Scholar Jane Fryers||Bespoke Suit of Armour made by QEST Blacksmithing Scholar Graham Ashford|
We are currently receiving applications for funding of training and education in a Craft skill. Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices.
If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund and see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions:
QEST is excited to be holding its third fundraising dinner in the magnificent setting of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Dome and Raphael Gallery on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. Vice Patron, Lord Snowdon, will host this celebration and showcase of excellence in British craftsmanship, raising funds to support the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.
DATE: Tuesday 6 March 2018
LOCATION: Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, London
DRESS CODE: Black Tie
PRICE: £500 per person OR £5k per table of 10
Enjoy Champagne and Cocktails from Moet & Chandon and Johnnie Walker, whilst interacting with QEST’s Alumni as they demonstrate and showcase their incredible talents. A sumptuous Dinner will follow in the Raphael Gallery, with a Live and Silent Auction of exquisite items from QEST Scholars, as well as craft and luxury experiences.
This event is sponsored by Penhaligon’s.
QEST financially supports companies wishing to employ Apprentices, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of craftspeople. If you are an aspiring craftsperson or seeking to engage an Apprentice we could help!
QEST are offering financial support of up to £18,000 over a period of 3 years – funding equipment, training or helping to provide the Living Wage.
If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our how to apply or alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund. Alternatively, for more information please email email@example.com or call 0207 798 1535.
We will be receiving completed applications until 5pm 3rd August 2017 – all submissions are to be submitted online: APPLY NOW