Careers in the glass industry

Careers in the glass industry

Glass is a wonderful material and such a big part of our everyday lives, often goes unseen but with its wide and valuable usage – from the well-known of bottles and jars, to the less known of medical devices and powders – it has a valid and thriving future ahead.   

In the UK, we are lucky to have a vibrant glass sector with many opportunities across a range of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciples as well as health and safety, administration and management.

About the industry

There are 10 large scale glass manufacturers in the UK manufacturing container, flat and glass fibre, with many other types of smaller and specialist manufacturers and those making glass by hand.

Map showing UK glass manufacturer locationsYorkshire – Ardagh, Allied, Beatson Clark, Stoelzle, Saint-Gobain, Guardian

North West – Encirc, Nippon Electric Glass, NSG-Pilkington

Essex – O-I

Scotland – Ardagh, O-I

Northern Ireland – Encirc

We have more information on glass products available here.

The 10 large manufacturers employ around 6,000 people directly and we estimate there are 150,000 more jobs available across the glass supply chain.

Hear firsthand from people currently working in the industry:

Meet Abby, a senior technologist at Glass Technology Services. As part of our careers in glass series, Abby spoke about her role and the opportunities available to others looking for a route into the industry.

As part of our careers in glass series meet Louise. Louise is a designer at Stoelzle’s Knottingley manufacturing site – she gets to design a range of glass containers for many spirits brands and loves that she gets to see a project through from start to finish.

As part of our careers in glass meet Dana. Dana is a tool making apprentice at Beatson Clark based in Rotherham. Dana has been with Beatson Clark for over two years and really enjoys the variety of available opportunities.

Career opportunities 

Across the sector, there are many opportunities in technical (such as process engineer, electrician, environmental officer) and non-technical roles (such as administration, communications and HR). And many of our members offer various opportunities via apprenticeships, work experience and graduate programmes.

To find out what is on offer or available positions, visit our members' websites: