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DBR partners with QEST on built heritage skills scholarship programme

The QEST/DBR scholarship will help a deserving candidate pursue their ambition to become a proficient craftsperson in the field of built heritage.

DBR (London) Ltd, one of the UK’s leading historic building conservation contractors, announces a three-year partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), to support its ongoing scholarship programme.

The QEST/DBR scholarship will enable an individual to further their craft skills in the preservation of the UK’s built heritage.

The scholarship programme is open to anyone looking to enhance their craft skills in built heritage, from stonemasonry and plasterwork to leadwork and joinery. The successful candidate will receive a substantial bursary funded by DBR, which will go towards specialist training in their chosen field, from traditional college courses to vocational one-on-one training with a master craftsperson, or a bespoke programme of short courses.

The scholarship is open to those aged 18 or above at the time of application, able to demonstrate a high level of skill, a strong body of work and experience within their chosen field.

Applications for the QEST/DBR Scholarship will open in July 2023 for an award in November 2023, judged by a panel of QEST experts.

DBR’s scholarship partnership with QEST, represents the first step in a wider campaign, The Year of the Master Craftsperson (YMC), which seeks to promote the social and cultural importance of heritage conservation skills. YMC’s wider aim is to celebrate current industry practitioners, and the amazing work they do, as well as encouraging more young people to consider a career in this highly creative and rewarding sector.

Set to launch in Spring 2023, following this week’s scholarship announcement, our YMC campaign will showcase some of the UK’s most impressive conservation projects, and the personnel behind them, whilst offering practical guides and advice for those considering a career in built heritage.

To find out more about the scholarships available and to express interest in applying click here.

To find out more about DBR’s award-winning heritage conservation work click here.

To find out more about QEST click here.