In September the GGF announced the launch of the GGF Apprenticeship Scheme in January 2022.
The GGF is currently putting together the finishing touches to its pilot for the first two schemes for glazing and glass processing.
The Scheme has been set up to help Member companies recruit, train and qualify apprentices. Working in partnership with training experts, Total Support Training and the industry awarding body, GQA Qualifications, the Apprenticeship Scheme aims to fund training for apprentices of up to £4000 per GGF Member Company.
If you would like to know more on the Apprenticeship Scheme and express and interest in being one of the first companies to benefit then please fill out the form in the link below and send it to the GGF team, who will contact you on the next steps.
If you are not a GGF Member, but interested in the GGF Apprenticeship Scheme then please contact email@example.com
FAQs on the GGF Apprenticeship Pilot Scheme
What is the criteria for companies applying to the GGF Apprenticeship Scheme?
You must be a GGF Member
Employee must be committed to the Apprentice Scheme in the following ways;
- Commitment to bring new people into the industry e.g. School & College leavers and people from different sectors
- Commitment to support the Apprentice with a Mentor
- Commitment to allow the Apprentice time off work to attend off site training courses
- Commitment to pay the training costs that are not funded by the GGF
- Commitment to pay the Apprentice for the term of the Apprenticeship
- Commitment to allow the Apprentice time to be trained
Which sectors does the scheme cover?
The GGF Apprentice Scheme is just for the glass and glazing sector and will cover a number of pathways such as
Glazing (available from January 2022)
Glass Processing (available from January 2022)
Fenestration (in development for 2022)
Fire resistant glazing (in development for 2022)
Window Film Application (in development for 2022)
The above is not an exhaustive list and will be added to over time.
How do I apply for the scheme?
Contact you GGF Regional Manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the GGF Apprenticeship Scheme Enquiry Form and we’ll contact you with more details of application.
How does the funding procedure work?
For the Pilot Scheme the employers pays fifty percent of the training cost of £8,000 to the Training Provider for the two year Apprentice Scheme that will be invoiced in stages with 25% linked to the End Point Assessment.
How much training will the GGF fund?
The GGF will pay fifty percent of the training costs to the training provider for the Pilot Scheme.
How much will it cost my company?
Fifty percent of the training costs.
How much time (days/hours) will the training take?
Roughly speaking the apprentice will be on their journey for 18-24 months time that will need as off the job learning will be as followed:
- 5 day introduction course
- 1 day basic glass handling and storing course
- 1 Day CSCS course
- 3 hour error reduction tools course
- 3 hour risk assessing course
- Alternate 6 weekly digital calls roughly 3 hours
- Alternate 6 weekly face to face session with the assessor 1 day.
Each candidate will also require time to study and complete assignments for their NVQ and ERR course however the time this will take will depend on the candidate.
Who decides which applications are successful?
The GGF and Total Support Training.
What documentation do I need to submit with my application?
A summary of why you want to take on an apprentice.
Up to date audited and management accounts
Information on training you have undertaken in the last twelve months
If my apprentice leaves my company before the apprenticeship is complete, do I get a refund or do I have to re-pay the GGF?
You will not get a refund from the Training Provider and the GGF will not ask you to repay monies the GGF has paid on your behalf.
Is my apprentice bound by an employment time period after the apprenticeship training is completed?
The Employer should put a contract in place with the Apprentice that make a commitment to stay with the business for two years after the Scheme ends with a clawback if they leave early.
Which courses will be best for my apprentice?
The employer should have a good feel for this but this will also be covered as part of the application process.
Is the training physical or remote (i.e. online)?
A mixture of both
Do I need to be a GGF Member to apply?
Yes for the Pilot Scheme
The Schemes to follow will be open to all but only GGF Members will receive funding support.
Do I need to remain a GGF Member until the apprenticeship is complete?
Are there any other hidden costs I should be aware of?
Where can I find the application form and further details online?
GGF Training section of GGF Website- insert link
Who should I contact at the GGF to check on the progress of my application?
Your Regional Manager or any GGF Member of staff simply email email@example.com
Can the training take place on my company’s premises?
Yes this will be an integral part of on the job training but employees will need to attend off site training.
Can more than one apprentice from my company take part in the scheme?
On the Pilot Scheme we want to spread its coverage with one apprentice per member. On the scheme to follow their will be a limit of ten per company.
What level of qualifications or certifications will my apprentice receive upon completion of the training?
The GGF Apprenticeship that has been certified by GQA the awarding body for the glass sector and all those who complete the course will receive a certificate and also NVQ Level 2 qualification.