Daniel Meek cuts the letters for the plaque to commemorate QEST at the Coronation Festival, 2013. 960x250

QEST Apprenticeship Applications

The QEST Apprenticeship application form is now live on the website until 4th August 2016 with interviews taking place at the end of October 2016.

Once you fill in the fields above you will then receive an email, containing a link that will allow you to begin your application, with your employer. You can then save your progress and return to complete your application at any point before the closing date.


This round of applications is for those already in ‘entry-level’ work as an Apprentice with a Master Craftsperson or craft business. Therefore, applicants must complete their application alongside their Employer/Master Craftsperson. If an applicant reaches the interview stage, both the Apprentice and Employer must be in attendance.

Please note that although you do not need to be from the UK to apply for Apprenticeship funding, you must be living and working in the UK permanently. This means we cannot accept applications from those living outside of the UK or residing in the UK on temporary work or study visas.


Note: the online application form will be the only viable method of applying and will not be accessible after to this date.

*Please read *Scholarships and Apprenticeships* FAQs page thoroughly before applying.


For those wishing to apply for a QEST Scholarship, this application round has now closed for 2016, but the 2017 application process will open in December 2016.


When can I apply?

The Scholarship and Apprenticeship application processes occur in two separate cycles:

– The Scholarship applications process usually opens in December and closes in early February. The assessment stages begin soon after the applications close and continue until April.

– The Apprenticeship applications process opens in June and closes in August. The assessment stages begin soon after the applications close and continue until October.

Am I eligible?

The aim of the Trust is “to further the advancement of education in the United Kingdom in (traditional) crafts” as long as your proposed area of study falls within the remit of the Trust, our trustees may consider you.

Please read the following FAQs for further information.

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 Scholarship or 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 and/or business start-ups?

QEST does not give funding for equipment, or business start-ups.

Can I apply for tuition fees if I have already started the course?

Yes, although you need to state clearly on the application form what part of the course you are requesting funding for and what element has been completed.

Can I apply for personal subsistence/ living expenses?

Yes, but you should note that trustees prefer to fund training/tuition costs. Excessive living costs will not be considered.

Do I need previous experience before I apply?

As a Scholar, you need to demonstrate you already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to your craft or trade.

As an Apprentice, we would anticipate that your expertise would be at ‘entry-level’ and demonstrate the long term goal of 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.

What can I apply for?

You can apply for funding for the following; further study, training and practical experience in order to improve your craft and trade skills. Scholarships may not be used for acquiring equipment, premises or for other business set-up costs.

How much can I apply for?

Between £1,000 and £18,000. The size of each award depends on how much funding is needed for a project. The maximum grant is £18,000 but very few grants are awarded at this level. The average grant is £7,000.

Would it be advisable to apply for a lower amount?

It would be advisable to apply for a lower amount but do be realistic about what funds you require and what you can budget for. If successful, Scholar or Apprentice funding cannot be increased retrospectively.

If unsuccessful can I apply again?

Yes, you are permitted to apply again should you not be successful the first time.

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.