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Choosing your training


Be part of a tradition

Find the training that's right for you

One of the aims of the Lettering Arts Trust is to keep the art of letter carving alive. It’s why we offer a range of opportunities for people interested in exploring letter carving more intensively. 


Our two-year apprenticeships offer people the rare opportunity to work and learn alongside acknowledged masters of letter carving. This is real life experience in a working studio.


Our Journeyman scheme gives experienced students who want to focus on improving a specific area of their craft, training for six to eight weeks under the guidance of a master letter carver.

The harriet frazer bursary

Our bursary provides funds for training, tools or equipment to help people taking their first steps in a letter carving career. It also helps established letter carvers further their careers.

The apprenticeship scheme is a wonderful thing and I was so lucky to be the eighth apprentice. I believe it has made the world of difference to me personally and I am very grateful.
— Jackie Perkins. Apprentice 2016 - 2018

Apprentice diary


Follow Matt Loughlin's diary, our current apprentice training with master letter carver Eric Marland.

Journeyman diary

Josephine Crossland

Josephine previously worked as a stone conservator in Edinburgh until she became an apprentice to sculptor and letter carver Michelle de Bruin through the Historic Environment Scotland Craft Bursary. The Lettering Arts Trust has awarded Josephine a placement with Master lettercarver John Neilson, made possible with a grant from The Masons’ Company Charitable Trust and a donation from Christine van Melzen.

Journeyman diary


Fergus started his three month placement with lettercarver Chris Elsey on 1st May. Follow his journey as he acquires new skills and experiences.


Support us

Show your love of the lettering arts by becoming a Friend, or making a donation. We rely on the support of donors and Friends to keep the centuries-old tradition of letter carving alive by funding our apprenticeships.