Glass Industry Apprenticeships


Glass Industry

Apprenticeship Description 

The Glass Industry Apprenticeship framework provides work-based training for young people and adults to undertake key manufacturing, craft and technical roles in the Glass and Glazing industry. There are 2 levels of Apprenticeship contained in this framework:

• The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Glass Industry Occupations
(The minimum duration of this framework is 12 months)

• The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Glass Industry Occupations
(The minimum duration of this framework is 18 months)

The Apprenticeship framework is made of vocational qualifications, knowledge-based technical qualifications, functional skills (Maths and English), personal learning and thinking skills and employee rights and responsibilities, all elements are required for an Apprenticeship in Glass Industry Occupations. Apprentices undertake training both on and off-the-job at their workplace.

Window, Door and Conservatory Installer

This qualification is aimed at those who work as installers of glass supporting systems, which include conservatories, advanced curtain walling systems and other external glazing structures.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma In Fenestration Installation (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although there may be individual units at other levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customers’ premises and installing windows, doors and conservatories. Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Conservatory Installer
• Window Fitter
• Double Glazier
• Installer
• Installer of Replacement Windows & Doors
• Installer of Glass Supporting Systems

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Diploma In Fenestration Installation (QCF)
• Level 2 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Window, Door or Conservatory installer role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Fenestration Installation (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, and should be taken by those who are experienced installers capable of deal with a wide range of problems, including working with installations that have complex requirements. Candidates may take a technical or supervisory role, particularly in relation to less-experienced installers. They will also work closely with customers/clients and have well-developed customer service skills.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customers’ premises and installing windows, doors and conservatories. Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Conservatory Installer
• Installation Specialist
• Double Glazier
• Leading Hand
• Installer of Glass Supporting Systems
• Curtain Wall Installer
• Window Fitter

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Diploma In Fenestration Installation (QCF)
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Window, Door or Conservatory installer role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 Diploma In the Combined Surveying and Installation of Windows and Doors or Conservatories

This qualification has been developed specifically for those who carry out both surveying and installation work of windows, doors and/or conservatories.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This qualification is at Level 3, and should be taken by those who are experienced and capable of dealing with a wide range of problems and situations, including working with installations that have complex requirements.
Candidates may take a technical or supervisory role, particularly in relation to less-experienced colleagues, they will also work closely with customers/clients and have well-developed customer service skills.
Sound knowledge of Building Regulations and other relevant legislation will also be required to meet the requirements of the qualification.
At the time of development, achievement of this single qualification will meet the current requirements of the Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) scheme for both Installation and Surveying and will also allow individuals to apply for the relevant CSCS card.

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations Technical Certificate
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Warehousing / Deliver Driver role for 30 hours or more per week

Surveyor

This qualification is aimed at those who work as surveyors working with glass supporting systems, including conservatories and other external glazed structures, and advanced walling systems.

GQA Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Fenestration Surveying (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, and should be taken by those who are experienced surveyors, capable of dealing with a wide range of problems, including working with installations that have complex requirements. Candidates will often take a technical supervisory role, particularly in relation to less-experienced surveyors.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on and could be assessed in the context of surveying activities linked to Window and Doors or conservatories, or Curtain Walling. Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Window & Door Surveyor
• Conservatory Surveyor
• Curtain Walling Surveyor
• Fascia, Soffit & Bargeboard Surveyor

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Fenestration Surveying (QCF)
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Related Surveying role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work
Supervision (Construction) (QCF)

This qualification is aimed at individuals with responsibility for supervising work activities in the Construction working
environment.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

The qualification is at Level 3 and is suitable for experienced Construction workers who have the desire and/or need to carry out activities including:
• Identifying work methods
• Resources required to complete tasks safely by organising and coordinating colleagues
• Communicating information on work activities
• Allocating and monitoring the use of plant, tools and machinery
• Monitoring the progress of work against schedules and quality standards

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) (QCF)
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) (QCF) Technical Certificate
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Warehousing / Deliver Driver role for 30 hours or more per week

Curtain Walling Installer

This qualification is aimed at those who work as installers of curtain walling systems. The standards cover the most important aspects of the job.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Curtain Wall Installation (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although some QCF qualifications may have units at different levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on site Installing Curtain Wall Systems Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Curtain Wall Installer
• Screen Wall Installer

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Curtain Wall Installation (QCF)
• Level 2 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Curtain Walling installer role for 30 hours or more per week

Domestic Fascia, Soffit & Bargeboard Installer

This qualification is aimed at those who remove and install facias, soffits and bargeboards in the domestic market. The standard covers the most important aspects of the job.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboard Installation (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although some QCF qualifications may have units at different levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customer’s premises, removing and installing fascias, soffits and bargeboards

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• FSB Fitter or FSB Installer

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboard Installation (QCF)
• Level 2 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Domestic Fascia, Soffit & Bargeboard installer role for 30 hours or more per week

Photovoltaic Installer

This qualification is aimed at those who work as Installers of Photovoltaic Panels, primarily in domestic properties. The standards cover all aspects of the work required with Photovoltaic Panel Installation, although it stops short of the actual commissioning of the installation so there is no requirement for a qualification in Electrical installation to achieve the qualification.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma for the Installation of Photovoltaic Panels

The qualification is at Level 2, although there may be individual units at other levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with the installation process, so candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customer’s premises carrying out the installation of Photovoltaic panels.

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• PV Installer
• Installer
• PV Technician

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Diploma for the Installation of Photovoltaic Panels
• Level 2 Award in Knowledge of the Principles of the Glass Related Working Environment (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Photovoltaic Installer role for 30 hours or more per week

Window, Door and Conservatory Fabricator

This qualification is aimed at those who undertake work to produce fabricated products such as door and window frames and units, conservatories, and glazing systems used in curtain walling etc. Units in this qualification include the processing of materials, applying coatings and treatments and fabricating of frames by joining and assembly. It is not expected that candidates working in this area all do the same activities: the qualification is structured to endure that there is a high degree of flexibility in the qualifications, although there are common units in the mandatory section of the qualification. The standard covers the most important aspects of the job.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in the Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although some QCF qualifications have units at different levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working in fabrication factories with non-glass materials or semi-finished products

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Aluminium Fabricator
• Framemaker
• Conservatory Fabricator
• PVCu Fabricator
• Screen Walling Fabricator
• Curtain Walling Fabricator
• Window and Door Maker
• Window Fabricator

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Certificate in the Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Window Fabricating role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Certificate in the Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, although some individual units may be at different levels, and should be taken by those who are experienced fabricators. Candidates will often take a technical supervisory role, particularly in relation to less-experienced workers and will be required to be able to carry out quality checks on materials and fabrications.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working in fabrication factories with non-glass materials or semi-finished products

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Aluminium Fabricator
• Framemaker
• Conservatory Fabricator
• PVCu Fabricator
• Screen Walling Fabricator
• Curtain Walling Fabricator
• Window and Door Maker
• Window Fabricator

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Certificate in the Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Window Fabricating role for 30 hours or more per week

Glass Distribution and Warehousing

This qualification is aimed at those who undertake activities in the Distribution and/or Warehousing of glass and glass related products. This could include those involved in receiving products, storing them in the warehouse, and handing over goods to customers, either in the Organisation’s premises or by delivery vehicle. The qualification has been written in a way to allow employees from companies of all sizes and specialisms equal opportunity to complete. It is not expected that candidates working in this specialist part of the glass industry all do the same activities: the qualification is structured to ensure that there is a high degree of flexibility in qualifications.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass and Glass Related Distribution and Warehousing (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although some units may be at different levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Receiving, storing and distributing glass and glass related products.

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Warehouse operative
• Warehouse Assistant
• Picker
• Warehouse person
• Packer
• Materials handler
• Delivery driver
• Warehouse Supervisor
• Stores person
• Stock handler
• Order picker

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass and Glass Related Distribution and Warehousing (QCF)
• Level 2 Award in Knowledge of the Principles of the Glass Related Working Environment (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Warehousing / Deliver Driver role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Glass and Glass Related Distribution and Warehousing (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, although some units may be at different levels. Level 3 qualifications are primarily aimed at those who are fully trained and experienced in a wide range of roles that may involve decision making, quality checks, supervising and supporting others. In this qualification there is also the opportunity for making contributions to improvements in the performance of individuals, and in working practices and procedures. Candidates may also work closely with internal and external customers and have well developed knowledge of the organisation worked for and their Industry.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Receiving, storing and distributing glass and glass related products.

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Warehouse manager
• Warehouse Supervisor
• Team leader
• Senior Warehouse person
• Senior Warehouseman
• Stock Supervisor
• Stock Controller
• Delivery coordinator

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Glass and Glass Related Distribution and Warehousing (QCF)
• Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of the Principles of the Glass Related Working Environment (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Warehousing / Deliver Driver role for 30 hours or more per week

Glass Processing

This qualification is aimed at those who undertake work to produce products from glass and related materials in the glass processing sector. This covers the handling of products throughout the process. Units in this qualification cover cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing the products, including decorating. It is not expected that glass processors all do the same activities: the qualification is structured to endure that there is a high degree of flexibility in the qualification. The standard covers most important aspects of the job.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass Processing (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 2, although there may be units at different levels, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working in glass processing operations and working with glass and glass related materials or semi-finished products

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Autoclave Operator
• Glass Painter
• Sealed Unit Maker
• Cold End Operator
• Glass Processor
• Scientific Glass Blower
• Craft Glass Worker
• Laminated Glass Manufacturer
• Screen Printer
• Double Glazing Unit Maker
• Lead Light Maker
• Toughener
• Engraver
• Packing Operator
• Warehouse Operator
• Glass Blower
• Polisher
• Window Film Applicator
• Glass Cutter
• Processor
• Glass Decorator
• Safety Glass Maker

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass Processing
• Level 2 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Processing role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Glass Processing (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, although there may be units at different levels, and should be taken by those who are experienced Glass Processors, capable of dealing with a wide range of issues, including the identification and rectification of technical problems and working with a wide range of glass types. Candidates may be required to show the skills and knowledge to assess products or work procedures and identify possible improvements, and may also be responsible for setting up Glass Processing machinery.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working in glass processing operations and working with glass and glass related materials or semi-finished products

Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Autoclave Operator
• Laminated Glass Manufacturer
• Craft Glass Worker
• Leaded Light Maker
• Double Glazing Unit Maker
• Processor
• Glass Cutter
• Sealed Unit Maker
• Glass Decorator
• Screen Printer
• Glass Painter
• Toughener
• Glass Processor
• Window Film Applicator

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Glass Processing
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glass Processing role for 30 hours or more per week

Glazier

This qualification is aimed at those who work as glaziers, installing glass into frames (e.g. windows, doors), and those who work to maintain glazing installations (usually windows and doors). The standards cover the most important aspects of the job.

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glazing (QCF)

The standards cover the most important aspects of the job. This qualification is at Level 2, and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customer’s premises installing glass into supporting frames and units maintaining support frames and units. Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Glazier
• Fitter
• Installer
• Glazing System Maintainer

Qualifications Gained

• Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glazing (QCF)
• Level 2 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 1 Functional Skill in English
• Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group session

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glazing Installation role for 30 hours or more per week

GQA Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Glazing (QCF)

This qualification is at Level 3, and should be taken by those who are experienced, capable of dealing with a wide range of problems, including working with glazing installations that have complex requirements. Candidates will often take a supervisory role, particularly in relation to less experienced workers. They will also work closely with customers and have well-developed customer service skills.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Applicants for this qualification will primarily be:

Working on customer’s premises installing glass into supporting frames and units maintaining support frames and units. Applicants are likely to have jobs entitled:

• Glazier
• Fitter
• Installer
• Glazing System Maintainer

Qualifications Gained

• Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Glazing (QCF)
• Level 3 Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Technical Certificate)
• Level 2 Functional Skill in English
• Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

How will you learn?

• Learn at work with your own tutor / Assessor
• E-Learning resources
• E-portfolio
• One –to-One or group sessions

Entry Requirements

• Aged 16 or over
• Not degree or HND qualified
• Working in a Glazing Installation role for 30 hours or more per week

Meet the tutors:

Chris Blacket
Sam Davies
Amir Shah
Asim Glass