QEST Craft Apprenticeship Scheme 2017 | 6 June – 3 August

Posted 05.07.17

Do you need apprenticeship funding? The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of The Royal Warrant Holders Association, runs a programme that helps emerging craftspeople to excel in their careers. The Apprenticeship Scheme is targeted at young, aspiring – but inexperienced – craftspeople.

QEST will fund up to £18,000 over three years to companies wishing to hire a craft apprentice. The current round of applications is open from 6th June to 3rd August, with interviews held in the Autumn.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • Funding can go towards equipment, training or helping provide the living wage
  • Apprentices and Employers must apply together as a team
  • Apprenticeships must be for a specific craft skill, with clear training plans and milestones
  • Only companies demonstrating a clear financial need will be considered
  • Northern Ireland beneficiaries include Charlotte McGrath, Culinary Arts apprentice at James Street South in Belfast, and Damien McKeown, Weaving apprentice at Mourne Textiles in Rostrevor

Don’t have an apprentice? Sign up to the QEST Craft Apprenticeship Hub - bridging the gap between young people seeking a craft apprenticeship and companies looking to hire committed and aspiring craftspeople forms on the QEST website

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