The first cohort of apprentices to join the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)’s Skilled Pathways Scheme has completed a 5-day induction course at Total Support Training’s Milton Keynes site. The aim of the Skilled Pathways Scheme, which began in April, is to recruit and upskill the next generation of glaziers. A second cohort of apprentices is set to be inducted in August.
The course includes both practical and written elements. Its syllabus sets out to educate apprentices about what the GGF is and does, the history of glass, the float glass process, surface coatings, value-added glass (including heat treatment), laminating and insulated glass units (IGUs). The course also aims to explain when and why certain glass types should be used, as well as to impart knowledge about pre-processing, polishing, bevelling, drilling, brilliant cutting, computer-numeric control machines, building regulations and standards.
As well as technical knowledge, trainees are given practical tasks aimed at providing them with a foundation knowledge of health and safety and basic glazing and glass processing skills. Some of those tasks are carried out as part of a new, industry-specific manual handling course.
The Skilled Pathways Scheme was created to help GGF member businesses and the wider sector attract talented, skilled workers. Further information can be found on the GGF’s online training hub.
John Agnew, the GGF’s group managing director, said: “We are immensely proud to have brought this scheme, which is unlike any other available in the industry, to reality. We are funding training up to £4,000 per GGF member company. The completion of this first stage will encourage other companies to commit, after so many have shown interest.”