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Glazing Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working in Glazing. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work in Glazing
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Glazing Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Glaziers cut and install new glass panes and other glazing materials on a range of commercial, industrial and domestic premises. They also work on the repair and maintenance of glazing and glazed structures on buildings. The main areas of work are window fixing, window replacement and roof glazing.

For each job, the appropriate type of glass is selected according to its purpose; for instance plate glass, mirrored glass, ornamental and security glass. Glaziers working on a domestic household often work alone, whereas on commercial projects, a team of glaziers works together to fit and replace plate glass and glazing units.

A number of tools are used including suction pads to carry larger, heavier panes, and chisels and pliers to dislodge old glass, beading and putty from frames before new panes are fitted. Diamond or wheel cutters may be used on a job for small adjustments and shaping, but normally glass will have been measured and cut to size beforehand.

Glaziers finish off a job by ensuring the fitting is weathertight by using sealants, rubber strips or lead and aluminium flashing. Glaziers often work alongside other tradespeople such as carpenters or joiners.

Glaziers may be involved in the fabrication of glazed units such as timber- or UPVC-framed windows and doors. Some may also work on specialist glazing, often found in historical buildings, such as churches.

Some glaziers deal with fitting replacement car windscreens. See Motor Vehicle Body Repairer for more details.

Hours and Environment

Glaziers work a 39-hour week, although out-of-hours work is common for emergency replacement of broken glass.

Glaziers work both indoors and outdoors in all weathers, often at heights; ladders, scaffolding and suspended cradles are frequently used. Protective clothing, such as gloves and hard hats are worn when working on building sites.

Travel from site to site is common, as is working away from home for short or long periods. A driving licence may be necessary.

Skills and Interests

To be a glazier you should:

  • be able to follow drawings and plans
  • have practical skills with a careful and methodical approach
  • be able to take accurate measurements when cutting glass and calculating quantities
  • be aware of safety issues, particularly for working at heights
  • be physically fit
  • be able to work as part of a team and alone
  • have a creative approach to colour and shape for some specialist jobs.


Entry

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment.

Entrants for apprenticeships or training schemes may have to pass a selection test.

Training

Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. You work towards NVQs/SVQs in Glazing Installation and Maintenance at levels 2 and 3.

Mandatory units cover health and safety, preparation of materials and equipment and identifying the type of work required to meet client needs. Optional units include:

  • shaping glass for installations
  • applying treatments
  • securing premises in the event of emergencies
  • repair of glass and glazing installations
  • specialised architectural glazing
  • supervisory responsibilities.
  • There are also NVQs/SVQs in Fenestration Installation & Surveying at levels 2 and 3 geared towards the fitting of glass and glazing units. See Window Fitter.
  • Details on qualifications and training centres offering assessment for glazing and installation NVQs/SVQs are available from Glass Training Ltd and from the Glass Qualifications Authority. See contacts below.


A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people between the ages of 16-25 in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Contact CITB-Construction Skills for details.

New Deal schemes may be available for people who have been unemployed for six months or more. These provide an allowance and training and can lead to a job and further training through the CITB. Contact your local Jobcentre Plus for details.

ndation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Glaziers work for firms that sell, cut and install glass for construction companies, local authorities, public organisations and shopfitting companies. There may be opportunities to work abroad on contracts. Some glazing firms may specialise in greenhouse construction, glass roofing or other aspects of glazing. Many glaziers are self-employed and may work on a sub-contract basis for contractors. Others specialise in domestic glazing, emergency repairs for shops and offices or restoring old buildings.

It may be possible for glaziers to progress to technician or supervisory level, overseeing a team of glaziers, or to move into a specific area of work within a large company or with a specialist company.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

New glaziers start on around £12,500 a year.
With qualifications, glaziers can expect to earn up to £18,000.
Experienced glaziers with additional responsibilities may earn up to £20,000 a year.

Overtime and shift allowances will supplement income, while self-employed glaziers negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Glass Training Ltd
Riverdale House
89 Graham Road
Sheffield
S10 2GP
Tel: 0114 263 2430
www.glass-training.co.uk

Glass Qualifications Authority Ltd
Provincial House
Solly Street
Sheffield
S1 4BA
Tel: 0114 272 0033
www.glassqualificationsauthority.com

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577
www.citb.org.uk

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Glazing Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Glazing job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Glazing Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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