Our Work

The Charitable Trust

The Company runs a Charitable Trust to support its work.

The objectives of the Charitable Trust are “to hold the Trust Fund and the income thereof upon trust to pay or apply the same to foster the craft of joinery and ceiling , making grants to educational establishments and providing prizes to advance this object and to apply the same to or for the benefit of such charitable institution or institutions or such charitable purposes as the Court of Assistants shall from time to time direct.”

In recent years, the Trust has sought to encourage woodworking excellence more widely by providing prizes for outstanding students in secondary schools and technical colleges. It also provides bursaries from time to time to assist joinery and carving apprentices with the costs of their training and particularly those seeking the Master Craft Certificate, a qualification sponsored by the Company and other Livery Companies evidencing a high standard of craftsmanship.

Partners We Support

London Building Crafts College in Stratford, City and Guilds Art School in Kennington and West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds are the principal colleges supported by the Company.

London Building Crafts College in Stratford

The Building Crafts College was founded in 1893 by the Carpenters’ Company as the Trades Training School has a long tradition of excellence in Building Crafts and conservation. Today, the College is constituted as an Educational Charity and is governed and financially supported by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters.

The Charitable Trust supports the important work of the College in providing prizes in Joinery and Woodcarving. The College is also the home of the Annual Joiners Craft Competition and provides a number of competitors each year.


Craft Competition

City and Guilds Art School in Kennington

Founded in 1854 as the Lambeth School of Art,the City and Guilds of London Art School is a small specialist art college located in central London, It is an independent, not-for-profit charity, and is one of the country's longest established art schools.

The School offers courses ranging from art and design Foundation, through to BA (Hons) undergraduate degrees and MA postgraduate courses in fine art and conservation.

In addition, it offers the only undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Britain in stone and wood carving: historic architectural stone and ornamental woodcarving and gilding.

The Charitable Trust supports a number of bursaries on recommendation of the Art School which helps students pay for their course fees.


West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds

In the custom-built workshops of the Built Environment Campus, experienced tutors guide students in all trades, including joinery, to develop skills supporting the construction industry.

The Centre is like a busy construction site with more than 350 full-time and part-time students working each week.

The Charitable Trust continue their mission of inspiring new generations of joiners to succeed by supporting a skills competition called "My Skills For Success" where, in addition to the actual knowledge that they gain, students are also encouraged to develop additional employability strengths including ambition, confidence, dedication professionalism, respect, team work and time management.


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