Glazier

Alternative titles for this job include Glass installer, fenestration installer

Glaziers install and repair glass in houses, hotels, offices and shops.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

How to become a glazier

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in fenestration installation.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a glazier's assistant and train on the job.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set entry requirements, though you'll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Experience in carpentry and joinery or window manufacturing will also be helpful.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a glazier from Go Construct.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • persistence and determination
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • choose glass for the job
  • remove old or broken panes, beading and putty
  • work out how much glass is needed for each job
  • follow diagrams and measurements to cut glass to size
  • fit new glass and make sure the sealing is watertight
  • shape glass using diamond or wheel-cutting tools
  • make decorative glass panels or double glazing units

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could work on specialist projects, like restoration work on churches or listed buildings.

Other options include moving into site management, estimating or glass product design.

You could also work in the automotive industry, repairing and replacing windscreens on vehicles.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Fenestration Installer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Ilkeston

Site Engineer Apprentice

  • Wage: £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Wickford

Courses In England

Construction

  • Provider: BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Dunstable

Construction

  • Provider: RIDGEWOOD SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Doncaster

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