New apprenticeships are currently being formulated which have syllabus options to include practical conservation skills. Blacksmithing is in the final stages of development. See the Institute for Apprenticeships website for updattes. For further information please contact Adrian Legge at Herefordshire & Ludlow College firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institute of Conservation (Icon)
Offers support of various kinds to conservators at different levels.
The Prince’s Foundation
Has two funded practical craft programmes.
Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
The William Morris Craft Fellowship offers a scholarship which takes an informal approach to the observation/learning of a broad range of conservation skills including blacksmithing. This is facilitated through on site visits across the country and the meeting architects and crafts persons etc.
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)
To fund further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women who want to develop their craft and trade skills.
York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship
• Offers bursaries to assist an existing craftsmen or conservator to extend his/her skills and/or knowledge.
• Offers funding to assist established experts in their field to take on a new apprentice or trainee.