On Thursday 2 May 2013 the Incorporation had the privilege of
welcoming HRH The Earl of Wessex Kg KCVO to the Trades House to
present the Awards named in his honour. The Earl presented awards
to four qualified Coopers, eight Cooper apprentices and two Sea
Cadets. This year he presented the first of a new series of awards
to ten pupils of Govan High School.
His Royal Highness Edward the Earl of Wessex became an Honorary
Member of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow in 2008 and he
kindly lent his name to the Earl of Wessex Awards for cooperage. He
was keen that any involvement should embrace the traditions of the
industry and assist the young people who are entering the trade as
The Awards fall into a number of
- Presentation of Coopers Tools to those who have been accepted
- Presentation of "The Cooper and his Trade" to those who in
their 2nd year by the Federation.
- Presentation of "The History of the Incorporation of Coopers of
Glasgow" to those in their 3rd year.
- Presentation of a Croze to those who have completed their
- The Award for innovation and Contribution to the Wine and
- The Scholarship Award presented in recognition of an Apprentice
attending a Scottish Whisky. Research Institute Course which looks
in detail at the Production of Scotch Whisky - from Raw Materials
to Distillation to Maturation - looking particularly at the effects
of cask quality, case reuse, storage and the effects of prior use
on the final product.
There are the Earl of Wessex Awards
In addition each year The
Incorporation sponsors a UK Scholarship Award in association with
the Wine and Spirit Education Trust - the winnder tours a number of
Distilleries and Cooperages in Scotland.
The Earl recently agreed to present
a new Earl of Wessex Award linked to the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Scheme which is to be given to younger people.