Guidance

Glass industry apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the glass industry sector.

Glass processing can involve window, door and conservatory fabrication, the manufacture of mirrors and curved glass, architectural stain glass and glass blowing.

Training opportunities

You’ll either work in manufacturing or on installation - fitting glass windows and doors. Depending on your employer you could be working on a large industrial scale in a factory setting or in a small craft workshop.

The intermediate apprenticeship offers a range of roles at manufacturing, craft and technical level working with glass using a range of processes such as:

  • cutting
  • engraving
  • glass blowing
  • the manufacture and installation of windows, doors, conservatories, soffits and bargeboards
  • the repair and replacement of automotive glazing and the installation of photovoltaics

The advanced apprenticeship offers a range of job roles including manufacturing, craft and technical knowledge in all of the above occupational areas and also offers a route to progressional opportunities for team leading and leading hand roles with an additional option of fenestration surveying.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • curtain walling installer
  • screen wall installer
  • fascia, soffit and bargeboard installer or fitter
  • autoclave operator
  • cold end operator
  • craft glass worker
  • stain glass worker
  • double glazing unit maker
  • engraver
  • glass cutter
  • glass processor
  • batch plant operator
  • bottle maker
  • fibre glass maker
  • furnace operator
  • glass maker
  • conservatory installer
  • window and door installer
  • aluminium fabricator
  • conservatory fabricator
  • framemaker or window and door maker
  • curtain wall fabricator
  • melting operator
  • forming operator
  • glass manufacturer
  • glazier
  • automotive glazing technician or windscreen fitter
  • PV installer or solar panel installer

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • automotive glazing technician or windscreen fitter
  • senior supervisory fitter
  • aluminium fabricator
  • conservatory fabricator
  • curtain walling fabricator
  • window and door fabricator
  • glazier or supervisor
  • conservatory installer
  • window and door fitter
  • fenestration surveyor
  • craft glass worker
  • glass cutter
  • glass processor
  • leaded light maker

Apply for a glass industry apprenticeship

You can apply for an apprenticeship in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education