QEST supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. Their funding programs fall into two categories; Scholarships and Apprenticeships.

Scholarship Funding
The QEST Scholarship Scheme supports individuals to further enhance their craft skills through traditional college courses, specialist short courses; or one-on-one training with a Master. Typically the funding is for one year ranging from £5,000 to £18,000.

Apprenticeship Funding
QEST also financially supports companies wishing to employ an Apprentice, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of Craftspeople. Funding – up to £18,000 over a period of three years – will typically go towards paying the Apprentice a Living Wage and/or help with training or equipment.

There are two application periods per year – Spring and Autumn – with funds granted in May and October. Applications are reviewed by QEST Trustees and a group of experienced Skills and Industry Advisors – with a rigorous three stage assessment process, culminating in interview.

The next application round will be open 12 July-16 August 2021. Online submissions only: please visit their website for more info.