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A glazier measures, cuts and fits glass or transparent parts, such as window panes, mirrors or security screens, into a building. A glazier may specialise in, for instance, window fixing, double glazing, glass roofs or lead light and ornamental glass.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2019 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) rates for a 2-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £200.46
Year 2 – £266.37.

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

A fully qualified glazier can expect to earn between £15,000 and £23,000 a year. This can rise to around £26,000 a year for senior or master glaziers. Employers may give allowances for travel and cost of lodgings. Overtime may be available. Self-employed glaziers negotiate their own rates.


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Getting In

Openings are mainly in glazing firms involved either in new building or in replacing broken panes. Firms vary from small one or two person outfits to organisations employing large numbers. Some firms specialise in a particular area such as conservatories or double glazing.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Training during an apprenticeship is mainly on the job with off the job training at college. You would work towards a relevant SVQ including Glazing or Fenestration Installation at SCQF Level 5.

Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Twitter: @CITB_UK

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website ( provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866

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