Hand bookbinding forms an important part of our national heritage. Founded by George III c.1770, the Royal Bindery now in Windsor Castle is at the forefront of preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that are the benchmark of the profession. The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme commenced in Autumn 2016 with a seven-year pilot of a five-year programme, taking on two recruits a year for three years. It combines the traditional approach of the apprenticeship system with a teaching syllabus based on gaining vocational City & Guilds qualifications. The training will equip apprentices to undertake binding work to a recognised level and to understand the business and commercial aspects of bookbinding. Apprentices will gain the skills and knowledge to either start their own small business or take on a responsible role within an institutional bookbinding/book conservation-restoration department. Led by Royal Collection Trust, the scheme is funded by a national group of partners including City of London livery companies and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Application is during specific recruitment periods advertised at www.royalcollection.org.uk/about/working-for-us