British Glass has laid the foundations for a new glass specific apprenticeship course set to attract young people into the UK glass industry.
The scheme, which is due to be provided by Wakefield College in the heart of the glass industry in the north, will offer Level Three training for roles in both the flat glass and container glass industries.
Discussions around the apprenticeship were held at the college’s Castleford Campus on Friday (May 10) with representatives from local glass manufacturers, including The Ardagh Group, Saint-Gobain UK, Allied Glass, Stoelzle and Encirc, as well as local Labour MP Yvette Cooper in attendance.
Commenting on the event, the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP said:
“The glass industry has been at the heart of Knottingley for very many years – it’s a really important part of our manufacturing base but we know we need the skills of the future.
“We know we need young people coming into the glass industry, getting those opportunities and getting that training. That’s why having a high quality apprenticeship here in the five towns and getting the training done in Knottingley would be a great opportunity.
“So it’s brilliant to see the work that British Glass and Wakefield College is doing with our local glass manufacturers to try and get these opportunities in place.”
British Glass CEO Dave Dalton added:
“The ageing workforce within the glass industry is a problem that we all must start to address and by beginning the process of this apprenticeship scheme, we hope to attract a much needed younger demographic into our factories.
“We’re pleased with the discussions that took place during the event and we hope to continue to work alongside Wakefield College and our members to develop the project further in the coming months.”
If you would like further details on the Apprenticeship scheme please contact Meg Grattidge at firstname.lastname@example.org.