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A Welcome Return of Apprenticeships – Webinar with Christian Ryan

Please note the new date of Thursday 20th July!

Given the recent ‘Red List’ inclusion for traditional stained glass makers and designers by Heritage Crafts, it is more than ever obvious that we need a stream of new professionals to maintain the vitality in our Art and Craft of stained glass.

For decades, dedicated professionals have worked tirelessly to provide a solid basic training in the core skills that new and emerging craftspeople need to prosper, as individual artists or as conservators.

We are delighted to announce that – through a joint effort by the British Society of Master Glass Painters, the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, volunteer senior professionals and the Institute of Conservation (ICON) – we finally have a dedicated apprenticeship for the stained glass craftsperson. The new qualification is to be delivered by the Swansea Glass School (University of Wales Trinity St David), with end point assessment provided by ICON.

It is essential that we put our support behind the team delivering the qualification, and to that end we are delighted to invite its coordinator Christian Ryan to explain the workings, aspirations and costs of the apprenticeship, with input from Patrick Whife from ICON. Other major contributors to its development will also speak.

This is a highly significant moment – and as such this is an important and not-to-be-missed webinar – for aspiring professionals and for potential employers, whatever the scale of their operation.

We urge the whole stained glass community to attend, and learn how experienced practitioners now have the means to pass on their skills for future generations.

Join us on Thursday 20th July at 7pm on Zoom. Members pay only £4.25 (£5.00 full price) so book now as tickets are limited.

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