For those wishing to apply for QEST Apprenticeship funding, this application process is now closed. The next application period will open mid July 2018.
Note: the online application form will be the only viable method of applying and will not be accessible after the closing date.
Please read *Apprenticeships* FAQs page for further information or contact the QEST office using the number and email at the bottom of this page.
When can I apply?
The Scholarship applications process opens twice a year, in January and July respectively. The application period is open for one month and the assessment stages begin soon after the applications close.
Am I eligible?
The aim of the Trust is to fund the education and training of craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills.
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 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?
The trustees and assessors prefer to fund training/tuition costs but living costs may 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 excellence of your craft or trade.
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 £5,000 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.
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.