Stained glass craftsperson apprenticeship

Research, design, craft, construction and fitting of stained glass

Typically, much of your work will take place in a specialist studio, with some work taking place onsite. Work on glass can include lead glazing, lead lights, quarry glazing, using techniques such as glass painting and staining, printing enamelling, etching, sand blasting and bonding. You may be commissioned to design stained glass as well as undergoing repair or restoration. During the stained glass craftsperson apprenticeship you’ll need to be creative, with an interest in history and restoration, as you research, design and construct new and existing stained glass within historical or contemporary settings. Expect to work alongside others as part of a team as you acquire essential skills in the handling and cutting of glass, glass painting, leading, soldering and cementing.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, DT

Entry requirements for the stained glass craftsperson apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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