Glass Industry Occupations

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship is suitable for employees who have little or no experience in the glass industry, and for others with experience or a previous qualification who wish to upgrade their skills. It’s appropriate for employees working in glazing, fenestration, glass manufacture and processing: flat and special glass, crystal and domestic, fibre and optical glass, and containers.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

There are no entry requirements for this level. 

SCQF Level 6

Candidates should have already completed the SCQF Level 5 or have some industry experience.

Progression and development

Job roles for apprentices include work in indoor and outdoor settings, in factories, and on domestic housing and commercial construction sites. Typical roles include:

  • Technician installer or technician fitter

  • Senior glass processing technician

  • Senior glazing technician

  • Senior fabricator

  • Senior framemaker technician

Employees could take on higher levels of responsibility and autonomy, roles that cover technical, management and supervisory functions, and contribute to areas such as quality assurance, safety and customer service.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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