Our Summer Funding cycle has now opened!
We are currently receiving applications for funding in training and education of a Craft skill – visit our alumni page to understand what Craft categories we fund. Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices.
If you have any queries around eligibility see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions. Click below to start the application process:
feature image: Mila Chielman – Spring 2018 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Apprentice Spectacle Maker at Cubitts
The Summer 2018 round of funding has now closed. If you would like find out more information i.e. the next cycle date please click here.
FINAL FEW DAYS TO APPLY – DEADLINE FRIDAY 27 JULY
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: email@example.com
On 6th March The Earl of Snowdon, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), hosted our annual dinner at the V&A, at which 24 QEST Scholars demonstrated their skills, including enamelling, watchmaking, basket making, sculpting, blacksmithing and armoury.
An auction of pieces made by QEST Alumni, as well as luxury handcrafted goods, bespoke tours and masterclasses, raised more than £150,000 which will go towards supporting the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.
The Earl of Snowdon said, ‘It was an honour to host the ‘Celebration of Craft’ dinner and auction at the Victoria and Albert Museum in support of QEST. The Victoria and Albert Museum, the home of ‘manufactures’, is the perfect setting to showcase the importance of British craftsmanship. It was great to see so much generous support and enthusiasm for QEST from so many people. I would like to thank everybody involved in organising this special event and all who came along to help continue the important work of QEST. British craftsmanship has a bright future!’
|QEST Hand Loom Weaving Apprentice Libby Kates||QEST | Garfield Weston Foundation Sculpture Scholar Thomas Merrett|
Lance Patterson, CEO, at Penhaligon’s, the event’s principal sponsor, said, ‘As a luxury brand and Royal Warrant holder, Penhaligon’s are reliant on the highest level of craftsmanship. QEST’s mission to support excellence in craft in the UK is synonymous with our brand values and our reputation for supporting British Craftsmanship throughout our 147-year history. Penhaligon’s are delighted to be supporting a QEST scholar – showing our commitment to training the next generation. Fundraising is of the utmost importance to allow QEST to continue the significant work it does and Penhaligon’s are proud to continue helping the charity and sponsor the 2018 gala dinner at The Victoria & Albert Museum.’
|QEST Millinery Scholar Jane Fryers||Bespoke Suit of Armour made by QEST Blacksmithing Scholar Graham Ashford|
We are currently receiving applications for funding of training and education in a Craft skill. Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices.
If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund and see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions:
The Spring 2018 round of funding has now closed – if you would like find out more information for the current cycle please click here.
QEST financially supports companies wishing to employ Apprentices, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of craftspeople. If you are an aspiring craftsperson or seeking to engage an Apprentice we could help!
QEST are offering financial support of up to £18,000 over a period of 3 years – funding equipment, training or helping to provide the Living Wage.
If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our how to apply or alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund. Alternatively, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 798 1535.
We will be receiving completed applications until 5pm 3rd August 2017 – all submissions are to be submitted online: APPLY NOW
The Prince of Wales surrounded by the Spring 2015 QEST Scholars and Apprentices at a Reception at Clarence House. (Photography by Paul Burns)
QEST, the Charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was founded in 1990 to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. In 2016 HM Queen Elizabeth II agreed to become Patron of QEST during her 90th birthday year.
Chairman of QEST, Nick Crean, says, “We are honoured that the Prince of Wales, a longstanding advocate of the importance of heritage skills and craftsmanship, has agreed to become Patron of QEST. His Royal Highness’s commitment to transforming lives through his charitable interests, particularly youth opportunity and education, is well known and respected. Becoming our new Patron underlines the importance of QEST’s work in supporting the nation’s craft industry which contributes £4 billion a year to the economy. By promoting and supporting excellence, opportunity and creativity in traditional, endangered and contemporary crafts, QEST helps to champion and nurture the skills which sustain Britain’s cultural heritage.’
QEST supports the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople through its Scholarship and Apprenticeship Schemes, Since1990, QEST has supported more than 400 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in over 130 skills. Many of these skills were on display during the recent successful London Craft Week which brought together organisations and makers in a celebration of craft.
QEST continues to go from strength to strength and has just announced another 20 new Scholarships for 2017, who, with the 2016 Apprentices, will be showcasing their extraordinary talent at the Annual Luncheon of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and QEST on 6 June at the London Hilton Park Lane, where the guest speaker will be one of QEST’s Vice Patrons, the Marquess of Salisbury.
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