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Glaziers may have to work in the evening or at weekends as glass gets broken at all times of the day or night. If they travel from site to site they may need to work away from home for short periods of time What do glaziers do? A glazier is a skilled person who installs, removes and replaces all types of glass as well as glass substitutes. They need to measure, select and cut the materials and fix them in place. This includes fitting double-glazed units into people's homes, large security plate glass in shop fronts, glass roofs in industrial buildings and fire-resistant glazing for internal doors. What is the work like? Glaziers need to plan their work using drawings, measurements and written instructions. The job requires special equipment such as glass-holding tools with suction cups and handheld special diamond tip cutting tools. It could also require the use of power tools. The work could be both indoors and outdoors, on construction sites it can be dirty or noisy. Some of the work could be at heights and require the use of suspended cradles to reach certain areas. Working with glass requires a great deal of safety awareness and glaziers may need to wear protective clothing. Who could I work for? Glaziers work for specialist firms, construction companies, local authorities and shop-fitting companies. These could be a variety of sizes maybe employing a team of glaziers. Many glaziers are self-employed. What are the hours like? The working week is normally 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday, but times may vary to make the most of daylight hours to avoid disrupting Could I specialise? A glazier may decide to specialise in a particular area of work such as making stained glass or ornamental windows. What could I earn? As a guide, trainees usually earn about pounds 12,500, with their first NVQ they could expect to earn over pounds 14,500. A qualified glazier earns around pounds 21,000How do I get started? It is useful to have some GCSEs or a vocational qualification such as a Foundation GNVQ Level 1 in construction and the built environment. English, craft, design and technology and maths are important subjects. Young people can apply for construction apprenticeships either before they leave school or through their employers if they already have a job. Some companies set up their own learning programmes and offer funded modern apprenticeships. Do I need any particular skills? Glaziers should be practical, patient and safety conscious. They should be able to follow plans, calculate quantities and measure carefully. They need to be reasonably fit and have the strength to carry tools and materials. If working in people's homes or offices they should have a pleasant manner

Peter Duffy GLAZIER

AT the age of 15 Peter Duffy could have been a brickie or a glazier. To get to the building site was a bus ride and that cost money. So he chose to be a glazier and walk to work.

That decision 33 years ago took him into a trade he grew to love.

Back in the 70s you needed no qualifications to get into the job. A master glazier by the name of Alf Friday taught Peter all the skills he needed and now Peter runs his own business in Prestatyn.

'There can be no better way to learn than on site. Every day you are gaining experience.'

Peter's skills include fitting double-glazing, bevelling, fitting mirrors, and cutting glass. He also operates a 24-hour call out service.

And in a lifetime of handling glass he has hardly had an injury.

'I think I have had about half a dozen stitches for glass cuts,' he said
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 9, 2005
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