Trailblazer Fenestration Apprenticeships
Trailblazer Apprenticeships are available to candidates from fenestration businesses based in England who would like to follow a route to an industry recognised qualification in façade and fenestration installation or fabrication, as an alternative NVQ’s / SVQ’s. There are currently three recognised Apprenticeships for trainees in the Fenestration, Facade Fixing and Installation market:
L3 Curtain Wall Installer – Course Ref ST0802
Maximum funding: £8,000, 21 months delivery
This course provides a training route to achieve the Curtain Wall Installer CSCS Card . Apprentices may apply for a Red CSCS card whilst undertaking the Apprenticeship, Card validity – 2 years. Upon attainment of the apprenticeship and completion of the other required elements the candidate may apply for a Blue Skilled workers Curtain Wall Installer CSCS Card.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to install curtain wall systems to form all or part of the external envelope of a building. Curtain wall systems are structurally capable of spanning multiple floors. They can offer a continuous glazed façade covering the full height of the building. The installation process includes fixing of the primary system, securing the infill materials and applying all the perimeter abutment products following The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) guidelines and systems’ manuals.
L2 Fenestration Installer – Course Ref ST0743
Maximum funding: Band 12, £9,000, (funding revised 2023) 18 months delivery
This course provides a training route for candidates training to install windows and doors – CSCS Cards for Fenestration trades are available from GQA Qualifications.
The broad purpose of this occupation is the on-site installation of a wide range of replacement and new build fenestration products in a property or structure. This could include windows, doors, bi-fold doors, and conservatories. Installers work with a broad range of materials (e.g., PVC-U, aluminium, steel, timber and composite) and a wide variety of building structures and building methods.
Please note, this standard was revised in 2023.
L2 Fenestration Fabricator – Course Ref ST0744
Maximum funding: £6,000, 18 months delivery
This course provides a training route for candidates training to undertake fabrication of fenestration products in a factory setting.
The broad purpose of this occupation is to manufacture finished fenestration products such as conservatory roofing, curtain walls, glazed doors, glazed screening, roof lanterns, roof lights, patent/slope glazing, secondary glazing, shop fronts and windows. They usually specialise in a particular material – aluminium, timber, steel or uPVC and a range of products.
Please Note: Trailblazers are only offered in England, they are not offered Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, other courses may be followed in the devolved nations. Please refer below for apprenticeship schemes offered in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Glass Industry Framework Apprenticeships
Candidates in Northern Ireland follow the Glass Industry Framework, Glass Industry – Level 2
The Glass industry – level 2 apprenticeship framework, the framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level two glass industry. This is the only level 2 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 2 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the glass industry. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 2 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector.
Level 3 course information may be found: Glass Industry – Level 3
Further information may be found from nidirect – apprenticeships
Please Note: If you are a candidate in Northern Ireland please contact your local or regional training provider for more information on applying for CSCS Cards (NB: NI variant of the CSCS Card is a CSR Card) and what occupational roles are available to you.
Modern Apprenticeships, Glass Industry
Scotland’s glass industry covers glazing, fenestration, manufacturing and more. Increase your understanding of glass making techniques such as casting and blowing. Work with a range of specialist material like crystal, optical and medical glass. Learn about the process of fenestration and apply your knowledge to fixing the facades of different buildings.
There is a demand for people with glass making skills in Scotland. Help to fix window panes as a glazing technician. Create beautiful pieces of art as a glass blower. Work with the latest equipment as a glass cutter. The apprenticeship is designed to help you be successful in the industry and contribute in a positive way.
Further information may be found from Skills Development Scotland Apprenticeships | Glass Industry Occupations Modern Apprenticeship
Further information on levels and awards for Scottish Apprenticeships may be found at: Interactive Framework | Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (scqf.org.uk)
Please Note: If you are a candidate in Scotland please contact your local or regional training provider for more information on applying for CSCS Cards and what occupational roles are available to you.
Apprenticeship Framework in Glass Industry
Candidates in Wales follow the Apprenticeship Framework in Glass Industry route.
Further information may be found from Business Wales Skills Gateway; Advanced Manufacturing & Materials | Business Wales Skills Gateway (gov.wales) – scroll down the page to the section titled “Apprenticeship Framework in Glass Industry”
The Framework specifies the standards and criteria for the delivery of Level 2 and 3 training provision within the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials sector. Successful completion of the provision will lead to the award of a designated/regulated qualification(s) within the sector. The Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships are suitable for a variety of roles including key manufacturing, craft and technical roles in the Glass and Glazing industry
The Welsh Apprenticeships differ to the English offer as the Welsh offer is a blended mix which includes NVQ’s as part of the course content, whereas in England these are distinct different qualifications.
Please Note: We understand that Proskills UK mentioned on the welsh website are no longer involved with Welsh Apprenticeships, however we are aware that Llanelli College are offering Fenestration Apprenticeship training in Wales, they may be contacted via: Welcome to Coleg Sir Gar – Home
Please Note: If you are a candidate in Wales please contact your local or regional training provider for more information on applying for CSCS Cards and what occupational roles are available to you.
Training providers can assist candidates with securing funding for courses.
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