This innovative programme will help apprentices develop their professional and technical skills through a combination of university study and work-based learning.

The apprentice will develop practical skills and knowledge in the research, design, craft, construction, and fitting of architectural and stained glass including handling and cutting of glass, glass painting, decorative processes, leading, soldering, and cementing.

In addition to these practical skills, apprentices will develop skills in dealing with people and working as a member of a team, they will learn to research and analyse historical and technical information. They will also learn creativity in design which includes drawing and rendering stained glass cartoons and cutline drawings.

Currently, the programme is only available to apprentices in England and you must be employed in the sector to join the programme.

The scheme is studied over a 3 year period during employment and includes a range of online, distance learning and specialist practical workshops resulting in an Apprenticeship (Level 4) qualification.

This qualification is accredited by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) and supported by the British Society of Master Glass Painters, the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, Accredited Conservator-Restorers and ICON, the Institute for Conservation. It has also been endorsed by the National Trust and Historic England (including their networks of allied trades) as a useful and required skillset to be used in conjunction with other crafts within this context.

The stained glass apprenticeship programme has been designed to ensure the survival of a unique and traditional craft which forms part of British history and culture and is considered vital to the key stained glass design professionals and conservators in the UK many of whom form and support the trailblazer group that endorse this proposal.

To register your interest go to Stained-Glass Craftsperson Apprenticeship | University of Wales Trinity Saint David (

You can also contact the Stained Glass Apprenticeship Liaison Officer – Christian Ryan