Overview

Glass is all around us. It is a material which plays a vital role in our day to day lives, both for domestic and industrial purposes. Think about your house. The doors, windows, fascias and soffits are from the glazing industry. Now think about your local high street, supermarket, shopping centre, airport, city! They are all full of glass and glass supporting structures that will have been manufactured and fitted by people in the glass industry.

Due to glass being popular for a range of different applications and therefore in high demand, the industry offers a range of interesting careers.

Job roles include: Glass Processor, where you will be using raw materials to make glass products; Window and Door Fabricator/Installer where you will be manufacturing or installing units; Fabricator of Glass Supporting Structures where you will process materials to create supporting structured frames; Curtain Wall Installer where you will be preparing for and installing walls of glass units; and a Surveyor where you will be responsible for supervising work associated with glass supporting systems.

Depending on your role, you may work in a warehouse or manufacturing factory or travel to different locations as part of your job such as residential homes or commercial/business properties including large projects on construction sites. Some roles require you to work at heights or even outside in all weather conditions.

Working in the glass industry is very rewarding and suited to a practical person with an eye for detail and accuracy.

What training will I receive?

You’ll receive real-life training from experienced staff within your workplace, and be visited regularly by a specialist NLTG Tutor. Your Tutor will support and guide you throughout your Apprenticeship, making sure you develop the skills needed for your job role. As part of your Apprenticeship, you will need to complete a maths and/or English qualification if you do not already hold these qualifications; the level at which you will study will depend upon your Apprenticeship. You may also need to study an ICT qualification. Your NLTG Tutor will provide you with support and guidance.

Additional Benefits

• All vacancies are jobs from day one.
• Your training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.
• You will receive an attractive wage/salary during training.
• We have a dedicated team to support you with your English and maths skills.
• We operate an equality and diversity policy.
• All employers are appraised for health and safety.
• We will visit you regularly during your training.
• Your training will be full and varied.

Case Study

Tom Hart at Glazerite

My job role as an Apprentice Quality Controller at Glazerite involves checking over windows and doors for any faults before they are dispatched. My employer has told me that I am a great asset to the company and the quality control team. I am looking to progress further, maybe in other departments where I can learn new skills and gain new qualifications.