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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for craftsmen and women to expand their craft and trade skills.
With a deadline of 12 February, this funding offers up to £18,000 to fund further study, training and practical experience.
The aim of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is to support excellence in British crafts by offering both scholarships and apprenticeships to individuals and employers.
The scholarships can be used to fund salaries, further study, training, practical experience and/or materials for up to 3 years for craftsmen and women who want to improve their craft and trade skills.
The scholarships cover a wide range of modern and traditional crafts. Scholarship winners have included, for example, an antiques restorer, calligraphers, book conservators, potters, silversmiths, and upholsterers.
Apprenticeship funding is awarded to fund apprentices, learning craft skills within companies and from master craftsmen and to support employers in funding apprentices in order to nurture a new generation of craftspeople.
Funding can contribute towards the apprentice’s salary which should be at least at the level of the minimum wage, training costs and/or materials/tools.
Scholarships and apprenticeships can range in value from £5,000 to £18,000 (£6,000 a year for up to 3 years) depending on how much funding is required for a project. Scholarship winners also receive an emblazoned certificate.
Apprenticeships can also be for up to £18,000 (£6,000 per year for up to 3 years), depending on how much funding is required for the apprenticeship.
There is no requirement for match funding.
For full information, including exclusions, and case studies, see the QEST website.