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