What are Apprenticeships
awarded for?

  • To fund Apprentices, learning craft skills within companies and from master craftsmen.
  • To support employers in funding apprentices in order to nurture a new generation of craftspeople.
  • To contribute towards the apprentice’s salary (at least minimum wage), training costs and/or materials/tools.

What crafts are covered?

  • QEST has supported over 130 different crafts, from contemporary and traditional. See alumni profiles for the specific skills that have been funded.

How much is awarded in each

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

What are we looking for?

  • Well thought out training plans for a specific craft skill, which will ensure that the Apprentice is work-ready at the end of their Apprenticeship.
  • On the application form both Employer and Apprentice will need to explain clearly why the proposed training will develop the Apprentice’s skills.
  • You also need to provide a detailed finance plan for the duration of the Apprenticeship.
  • Your finance plan will need to show that the  apprentice will earn at least minimum wage.
  • Employers will need to demonstrate financial need. 

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.

Who can apply?

  • You must be over the age of 17 to apply and there is no upper age limit. 
  • 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.
  • Only those who live and work permanently in the U.K are eligible for an apprenticeship.