Trailblazer group in automotive glazing

An evolution in automotive glazing is in motion and the automotive aftermarket needs to be prepared for the huge technical challenges ahead in terms of repair and replacement. It represents another step change in the skill level of auto-glazing technicians who must now contend with diagnostic and re-calibration processes, which are safety critical.

These are highly specialized competencies. The impact of smart glass therefore demands a whole new approach to training the next generation of technicians.

The automotive glazing repair and replacement industry has received a shot in the arm from the Government with its approval for the development of a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship.

Recognising that auto-glazing is a unique and highly specialised area within the wider automotive arena, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has rubber-stamped a joint bid from a number of leading vehicle glazing employers to develop a new apprenticeship standard for the next generation of Automotive Glazing Technician apprentices. The Trailblazers programme aims to ensure that every apprentice in England is enrolled on schemes designed and approved by employers.

Coming under Phase 5 of the Apprenticeship Trailblazers programme, in which businesses work together to determine new training standards applicable to their market, the automotive glazing Trailblazer group will be co-ordinated by Essex Glass and Windscreens (EGW), which has been established for over 20 years.

In partnership with nine other businesses, representing more than 90% of all employees in the UK vehicle glazing sector, EGW will be responsible for delivering the framework for a brand new Level 3 Apprenticeship in Automotive Glazing, which would take apprentices a minimum of 2 years to achieve.

In addition to Essex Glass and Windscreens, the Trailblazer group for Automotive Glazing currently includes the following employers: Auto Windscreens (incorporating AA Auto Windshields); Autoglass; Advanced Windscreens; CCS Windscreens; Jay and Rob’s Windscreens; The Windscreen Company and 1st Choice Windscreens.

AGA supports this new endeavour and encourages employers to contribute to this process, as it recognises the vast amount of experience and knowledge that exists within the independent auto-glazing community.

The Trailblazer group would welcome your views or even joining in to play a part in developing the structure of the new apprenticeship.

Please get in touch with your views.