Shining a spotlight on apprentices
The Glazerite UK Group used National Apprenticeship Week in February to celebrate the achievements of its current crop of apprentices, who are working across several of the fabricator’s business functions.
25-year-old Elijah Onibudo joined Glazerite in January 2020, having been inspired to pursue an IT apprenticeship to gain new skills in a working environment.
“My job is really challenging and versatile and gives me the chance to learn new technologies and try new things,” Elijah said. “Being an apprentice at Glazerite has really helped me build and develop my skills.
“Undertaking an apprenticeship provides a varied learning experience and the chance to continually improve yourself by learning from the other people you work with. Whether you’ve just left school or you’re looking to change career, I would definitely recommend it as a way to get started in the fenestration industry.”
Marketing apprentice Sophie Winder joined Glazerite 18 months ago after several years working in customer service. Sophie, now 24, is one of an increasing number of workers who have recognised the value apprenticeships can offer regardless of age.
“I chose to do an apprenticeship as a way to get into marketing,” Sophie said. “I was nervous about taking the plunge as I wasn’t a school leaver, and I wasn’t sure what to expect but joining Glazerite has proved to be a fantastic opportunity. I love working as part of a team with years of experience both in fenestration and marketing and I’m learning so much. I particularly enjoy the creative side of my role, which includes designing artwork and putting together videos and other content.
“I have always found it easier to learn by doing a job rather than studying so the hands-on approach that apprenticeships offer is perfect for me. This role has really opened up a whole new world, and I love being part of such a dynamic industry.”
Glazerite currently employs five apprentices across its marketing, IT, admin and procurement departments.
Group HR manager Sue Wellings said: “National Apprenticeship Week has been a good opportunity for us to recognise the hard work our apprentices contribute to the day-to-day running and future success of our company.
“Fenestration is a really exciting industry to be in and we’re delighted as a company to have been able to attract some real talent in our apprentices. We hope we can continue to help them reach their full potential.”