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IYOG Spotlight: Graduation to Job Creation

The United Nations International Year of Glass (IYOG) 2022 celebrates the essential role of glass in society. As part of NGA's continued support and celebration of IYOG, we’re spotlighting the glass & glazing industry as a rewarding career path--how we can Build the World with Glass.

Attracting New Recruits to the Glass & Glazing Industry 

According to the Manufacturing Institute, one of the most effective methods of attracting the next generation of workers is demonstrating how an industry’s products improve the world. For the glass and glazing industry, the messaging is easy.
Glass is worthy of our admiration, with many properties that make it uniquely suited to enhance the beauty, design and performance of buildings.
Use these 4 ideas to help spread the word to potential recruits:

  1. Forward this blog: 6 Reasons to Love Architectural Glass.
  2. Share these technical resources developed by NGA Member volunteers.
  3. Bring a friend to a Trades Night, or help your company plan a similar event.
  4. Encourage participation in JUMP into STEM, an online building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Glazing Career Resources from the NGA

To help in the recruitment and onboarding process, our New Hire Toolkit contains guidelines, articles, and checklists surrounding employee hiring, orientation, paperwork, safety training, reviews, skills training, and mentoring and career development to set your new employees up for success.

NGA Glazier Apprentice Curriculum

NGA offers Glazier Apprentice Curriculum for organizations and companies that establish a glazier apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Students who complete the curriculum will earn a credential indicating a journeyman-level minimum competency reached through knowledge and performance. Learn more about NGA’s Apprentice Curriculum.
PLUS, advocate for a glazier apprenticeship program in your own community by downloading NGA’s one-pager (pdf) on the importance of Registered Apprentice Programs and sharing it with local legislators or other parties.