HCA/QEST Apprenticeship in Heritage Crafts

HCA/QEST Apprenticeship

Funding of up to £18,000 (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust)

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Heritage Crafts Association Apprenticeship provides funding to enable Apprentices to learn craft skills within companies and from master craftsmen and to support employers to take on Apprentices and nurture a new generation of craftspeople.

The maximum available per apprenticeship is £18,000 over 3 years (or £6,000 per year) and is available to part-fund salaries, training costs and/or materials.

On the application form both Employer and Apprentice will need to explain clearly why the proposed training will develop the Apprentice’s skills.  A training plan will also need to be completed, to best demonstrate the Apprentice’s progression route. Applicants are advised to give themselves plenty of time to complete the application.

There is no upper age limit but the Award is primarily to fund those aged between 16 and 26 as Apprentices. Apprentices do not need previous work experience but will need to demonstrate passion for their craft and the dedication and commitment to make this a long-term career. Funding is only provided for employers and apprentices whose permanent residence is within the United Kingdom.

Those who are invited to interview must attend with their Apprentice as a partnership. This interview will take place in late October 2017 with QEST Trustees and Skills Advisors. A certificate to the successful Employer and Apprentice will be presented at the HCA Annual Conference in London in Spring 2018 (date to be confirmed).

Closing date for applications for this Award: Thursday 3 August 2017

To apply
Read the application notes and then download an application form

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