Aged 14-19? 

Looking for pathways towards careers working with your hands?

We have some amazing opportunities for you!

Applications are now open for a full and varied programme of workshops in 2023.


Scroll down for further details of individual workshops. 

Eligibility Criteria and details of TCDT Credentials can be found at the bottom of this page.


Spring 2023: Calligraphy for Beginners

Bow Road Studios, London E3
This workshop will run on Saturdays for three weeks from Saturday 15th April 2023 until Saturday 29th April 2023. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. Apply until 13/04/2023.


Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, London
This workshop will run over July and August 2023. There will be space for one student on each of the following weeks:
  • Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July 2023
  • Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2023
  • Monday 7th August - Friday 11th August 2023
If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.  Apply until 30/04/2023.

Summer 2023: Embroidery

This workshop will run from Monday 24th July 2023 until Friday 28th July 2023. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. Apply until 22/07/2023.

Summer 2023: Fused Glass

National Glass Centre, Sunderland
This workshop will run for three days from Monday 7th August 2023 until Wednesday 9th August 2023. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. Apply until 05/08/2023.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be

    • 14 years old prior to the beginning of the workshop, and not older than 19 years old for its duration. Please note that for some workshops you must be 16. See individual workshop pages for details.  
    • Able to make their own way to and from the venue throughout the workshop.
    • Available for the entire day, every day, for the duration of the workshop (workshops tend to run from 9-5, with some variations on timing).


Selection Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate

    • Passion for working with their hands
    • Talent, creative flair, and good hand-eye co-ordination
    • Interest in pursuing further study or a career in the craft sector, or another field (e.g. architecture, engineering) where skills offered would be beneficial
    • Commitment to attend every day of the course and work hard throughout. If you do not attend every day of the workshop this may affect your chances of being invited to attend any further workshops. World-leading craft specialist are giving their time to teach and there are more applicants than places, so successful applicants have a responsibility to make the most of the course



  • Applications are assessed by the Trust on an individual basis, and all decisions are final.
  • We are unable to provide individual feedback for rejected applications. 
  • Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected. 
  • Your personal statement should be between 250 - 500 words.
  • Decisions will be sent via email. Please ensure you check your email regularly, and that you also check your junk folder. 
  • If you are offered a place, but we do not hear from you within the deadline, your place may be given to somebody else.



Accreditation Scheme

At the end of the workshop, each student is assessed by experienced tutors and practitioners. The Trust’s credential is awarded with a grade reflecting the student’s level of attainment in the relevant transferable skills. Four grades are awarded based on the extent to which the student has demonstrated an aptitude in the relevant transferable skills:

Working Towards       the student’s potential is not yet realised

[CD1] Pass                    the student has demonstrated a clear aptitude [in the transferable skills]

[CD2] Merit                   the student has demonstrated a strong aptitude [in the transferable skills]

[CD3] Distinction        the student has demonstrated an exceptional aptitude [in the transferable skills]


For more information on the Accreditation Scheme, please click here.



Online Workshop Support

We are using Zoom to host our online workshops. To help make your experience as smooth as possible, see our Online Workshop Support page for workshop tips and answers to some frequently asked questions.



We always like to see images of our students’ amazing work both during and at the end of each workshop. If you have any photos of your work that you would like to share with us please send to [email protected]