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 apprenticeship?
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.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
No 1 Buckingham Place
London SW1E 6HR
T: 020 7798 1535